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Big South Season Begins for Flames in Trip to Kennesaw State

October 14, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Big South Season Begins for Flames in Trip to Kennesaw State

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The Flames begin Big South Conference play on Saturday when Liberty squares off against Kennesaw State at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.

Owl Connections
• Kennesaw State's roster features zero Virginia natives. However, seven Flames hail from Georgia, including two who grew up within 20 miles of Kennesaw (QB Stephon Masha - Marietta and WR Antonio Gandy-Golden - Dallas).
• Liberty OL Michael Henderman graduated from Sandy Creek High School (Tyrone, Ga.), which is also the alma mater of four Owls (WR Christian Branch, OL EJ Hurley, WR Justin Sumpter and OL Ryan Warrior).
• Liberty OL Ethan Crawford was a teammate of Kennesaw State K Justin Thompson at Aquinas High School (Augusta, Ga.).
• Liberty P Trey Turner and Kennesaw State DL Desmond Johnson both graduated from Rome High School (Rome, Ga.).
• Liberty S Solomon McGinty and Kennesaw State RB Chaston Bennett both began their college careers at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
• Kennesaw State assistants Chris Bland, Grant Chesnut and Tim Glanton all played against Liberty during their collegiate careers.

Liberty in Big South Openers
• Liberty is 9-5 all-time in Big South openers, including 6-4 at Williams Stadium and 3-1 on the road.
• In Big South openers, Liberty is 4-3 against Gardner-Webb, 2-1 versus Coastal Carolina, 2-0 against Charleston Southern and 1-1 versus VMI.
• Liberty is averaging 42 ppg while going 7-2 in its last nine Big South openers. However, the Flames lost by a 34-20 count at Gardner-Webb to kick off conference play in 2015 (Oct. 10, 2015).

Liberty in the Peach State
• Liberty is 2-4 all-time when playing in Georgia, including victories in each of its last two Peach State contests. The Flames claimed a 41-33 victory at Georgia State last season (Oct. 3, 2015) and a 28-0 triumph at Savannah State on Sept. 23, 2006.
• Liberty's other contests in Georgia resulted in a pair of losses to both Georgia Southern (1984 and 1996) and West Georgia (1984 and 1986).

It's Been a While
• Liberty is seeking its first road win since its last visit to Georgia, a 41-33 triumph at Georgia State on Oct. 3, 2015.
• Since then, the Flames have lost five straight road games in five different states (New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia).

The Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) will provide radio coverage for the contest, with the Flames Pregame Tailgate Show scheduled to go on the air at 5:30 p.m. ESPN3 will televise the game through its various outlets and platforms. For more information about where to watch and/or listen to the game, check out the Game Day Central page for this Saturday's contest.