Full Athletic Schedule
    Loading...

    Game Day: New Mexico State

    Nov 23, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Football

    Game Day Central page

    Other Links:

    Official Kickoff:
    12:02 p.m. (EST)

    TV Coverage:
    ESPN+
    Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner
    Color Commentator: Joe Jauch
    Sideline Reporter: Emily Austen
    Pregame Show: 11:00 a.m. on ESPN+

    Radio Coverage:
    Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
    LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List
    Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
    Color Commentator: Aaron Stamn
    Sidelines: Nick Pierce
    Pregame: Nick Pierce, Kyle DeArmon and Mitch Hanson
    Pregame Show: 10:30 a.m. (EST)

    Liberty’s 21-member senior class includes:

    • Aidan Alves
    • Michael Bollinger
    • Charlie Brewer
    • Brody Brumm
    • Khaleb Coleman
    • Daniel Darko
    • Micah Glaize
    • T.J. Green
    • Jerome Jackson
    • Durrell Johnson
    • Cooper McCaw
    • Austin Mock
    • Brayden Monday
    • Dennis Osagiede
    • Carl Poole
    • Javon Scruggs
    • Caleb Snead
    • Jason Stricker
    • Juawan Treadwell
    • Naasir Watkins
    • Rashad Whitehead

    Liberty Storylines

    • Liberty (8-3) will close out the regular-season on Saturday by welcoming future Conference USA foe New Mexico State (4-6) to Williams Stadium.
    • Prior to kickoff, the Flames will honor 20 seniors who have helped the team record three consecutive bowl game victories and achieve bowl eligibility again this season.
    • Liberty is 3-1 against New Mexico State, having won the last three head-to-head meetings. The Flames are 2-0 versus the Aggies in Lynchburg.
    • Saturday will mark the Flames’ 30th home game as FBS members. Liberty is 24-5 at Williams Stadium since joining the FBS in 2018, including 4-1 this season.
    • The Flames are looking to snap a two-game losing skid, with the pair of losses coming by a total of four points. Liberty has played a nation-leading six games decided by three points or fewer in 2022, going 3-3 in those contests.
    • Liberty leads the nation in tackles for loss per game (9.0), ranks No. 2 in sacks per game (3.6) and sits No. 10 in turnovers forced (22).
    • Senior DE Durrell Johnson leads the nation with 21.5 tackles for loss. That ranks No. 2 in program history, trailing only Jason Wells’ 25.0 TFLs in 2000.
    • After catching a career-high nine passes against Virginia Tech, WR Demario Douglas is four receptions away from entering the Flames’ career top five and 101 receiving yards away from posting the 10th 1,000-yard season in program history.

    A Liberty Win Would …

    • Mark the Flames’ fourth consecutive victory in the head-to-head series with New Mexico State, improving their all-time record against the Aggies to 4-1. New Mexico State and UMass would be the two FBS opponents Liberty has defeated four times or more since 2018.
    • Give the Flames their sixth season in program history with nine or more wins, including the second in the last three years.
    • Make the Flames’ home record 5-1 this season, 20-4 under Hugh Freeze and 25-5 through their first 30 home games as an FBS member.
    • Represent the Flames’ sixth straight home win against a team which traveled more than 1,000 miles, boosting their all-time record in such contests to 9-1.
    • Give the Flames their fifth win in the last six years on Senior Day.
    • Improve the Flames’ home record against FBS Independents to 6-1 since Liberty joined the FBS ranks in 2018.

    “4 Downs” with New Mexico State

    #1 Saturday will mark the last regular-season game as FBS Independents for both Liberty and New Mexico State, who will both join Conference USA next season. The Flames are looking to bounce back from their first home loss of the season. Meanwhile, the Aggies’ 23-13 win at UMass on Oct. 29 was their first road victory since 2018.

    #2 The Flames have forced 22 turnovers this season, doubling their total of 11 from the 2021 campaign. Saturday will mark the second time Liberty and New Mexico State have squared off during the final week of regular-season play. The Flames topped the Aggies, 49-28, at Williams Stadium on Nov. 30, 2019 in the teams’ most recent meeting, achieving bowl eligibility for the first time. Both Liberty and New Mexico State have won at UMass this season.

    #3 This is New Mexico State’s third visit to Liberty, all of which have come on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Liberty won both previous meetings in Lynchburg by a combined score of 77-49. The Flames have used three different starting QBs this season (Charlie Brewer, Kaidon Salter and Johnathan Bennett) for the first time since 2005 (Brock Farrel, Zach Terrell and Brock Smith).

    #4 Liberty is bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season. Neither the Flames (3-0) nor the Aggies (3-0-1) have ever lost a bowl game. New Mexico State’s four wins this season are its most since its most recent bowl season (2017). Four of Liberty’s last five games have been decided by six points or fewer.