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Liberty forced three turnovers and recorded six quarterback sacks, shutting down the visiting North Alabama Lions, 28-7, on Saturday at Williams Stadium.
With the win, Liberty improves to 3-0 for the first time since opening the 2017 season with three straight wins. The Flames have won five straight games overall and pushed their home winning streak to seven games. Big South Conference member North Alabama opens its season at 0-1. Liberty is now 5-0 against FCS opponents since joining the FBS level in 2018.
Liberty linebacker Anthony Butler had a huge game, with a team-leading nine tackles, two interceptions and one sack. On the offensive side, Chris Ferguson made a successful first start at quarterback, going 12-for-21 with 64 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Joshua Mack rushed for 130 yards on 130 carries, good for his third straight 100-yard rushing game. Johnathan Bennett passed for his first career touchdown, while Flames Brody Brumm and Chris Barrett both hauled in the first touchdown passes of their careers.
UNA went 1-for-3 in the red zone, as two of their possessions stalled inside the 20. Liberty scored on four out of five times in the red zone.
The Flames outgained the Lions 357-247, with Liberty outrushing North Alabama by a 250-63 margin. Liberty turned three turnovers into 14 points. For the season, Liberty averages 274.7 rushing yards per game and holds opponents to just 280.6 total yards per contest.
Box Score Highlights: Final Score: 28-7 North Alabama (0-1) Liberty (3-0) Location: Williams Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.) Attendance: 1,000
Turning Point: With the game scoreless early in the second quarter, Liberty forced its first turnover of the season, recovering a Lions fumble at the UNA 40-yard line. The Flames turned that possession into the only seven points of the first half.
Liberty quickly built on its 7-0 halftime lead, with 14 early points in the second half and ultimately built a 28-0 lead before a late Lions score spoiled the shutout bid.
Play-By-Play Breakdown: First Quarter
What's Next: The Flames will close out their three-game homestand next Saturday, hosting Louisiana-Monroe in a nationally-televised (ESPNU) game with a noon kickoff at Williams Stadium.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Williams Stadium) Radio: LFSN Radio (Flagship Station: The Journey 88.3 FM Lynchburg) TV: ESPNU Kickoff: Noon (EST)
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