Athletics

Top Moments

April 18, 2022

For the Golden Anniversary, the Liberty Athletics Department reached deep into the university’s archives to produce a video series of the
“Top Moments from the Past 50 years.” Below is a sampling of the videos that are being posted on social media each week. 

Watch the series on the Liberty Flames Athletics Facebook page (Search #LU50Years)


First NCAA DI player to record triple-doubles in all four years — Jan. 21, 2012

Point guard Jesse Sanders (’12) became the first NCAA Division I men’s basketball player to record a triple-double in each of his four seasons, with 10 or more points, rebounds, assists, and/or steals in one game. Sanders, who still ranks as Liberty’s all-time assist leader with 727, completed the quadruple triple-double feat as a senior in an 84-78 victory at High Point (N.C.) University.


Lady Flames upset Virginia — Nov. 26, 2002

Trailing the University of Virginia by 10 with four minutes remaining in regulation, the women’s basketball team rallied to send the game into overtime on a last-second 3-pointer by Kristal Tharp and beat the Cavaliers 77-69. The win helped set the stage for the Lady Flames’ seventh-straight NCAA tournament appearance.


Jerry Edwards inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Liberty University honored Jerry Edwards, the voice of the Flames for 29 years, in its Athletics Hall of Fame. Edwards announced more than 1,100 Liberty Football, Men’s Basketball, and Baseball games over his career.


Flames capture FCS Playoff victory at JMU — Nov. 29, 2014

Making its first postseason appearance — after upsetting No. 1-ranked Coastal Carolina in the 2014 regular-season finale — Flames Football defeated the Dukes 26-21 on Nov. 29. Fullback Nicky Fualaau ran in for the game-winning touchdown, and defensive back Kenny Scott broke up a pass near his own end zone in the closing seconds, preserving the victory.


McDougal wins NCAA Cross Country Championship — Nov. 19, 2007

Fourteen-time All-American track and field and cross country standout Josh McDougal (’08)
outsprinted Oregon’s Galen Rupp to the finish line by one second to become the first men’s
athlete in Liberty history to take home an NCAA National Championship. He ran the 8K in 29 minutes, 22.4 seconds.


Women’s soccer claims first ASUN Championship — April 17, 2021

After 99 minutes of play in the ASUN Women’s Soccer Championship, Liberty and Kennesaw State were locked in a scoreless draw. McKinley Burkett’s golden penalty kick with 31 seconds left in the first overtime gave the Lady Flames their first ASUN Tournament title and their seventh trip to the NCAA Division I National Championship.

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