Before either had arrived to Lynchburg, Virginia as part of Liberty’s 2016 recruiting class, Stephen Calvert and Antonio Gandy-Golden talked to each other about breaking the Liberty passing and receiving records. Four years later, those conversations are now fact.
On Saturday evening against Maine, both Buckshot and AGG set the career passing and receiving yardage records. Fitting that they would accomplish the feat in the same game.
“When we were in high school, we talked about how we’re going to break all the records here,” Calvert said following Liberty’s 59-44 win over Maine. “Now, four years later it’s actually happening. It’s a humbling and blessed experience for both of us.”
AGG broke the Liberty school record for receiving yards on the second play from scrimmage as who moved past Darrin Peterson who held the record with 3,170 career receiving yards, a mark that he set when his career concluded in 2015. In addition to the career receiving yard record, Gandy-Golden also owns the career touchdown reception record and, as long as he remains healthy, will also surpass Peterson’s record of 215 career receptions. AGG currently has 204.
“He’s a great kid,” Buckshot said of AGG after the game. “He’s a phenomenal dude. He deserves everything that he’s getting right now.”
Not to be outdone, in the 4th quarter Calvert broke Josh Woodrum’s record of 10,266 career passing yards in the 4th quarter on a 17-yard pass completion to (who else?) AGG. Calvert already holds the Liberty records for single season passing yards, single season touchdown passes, single season passing completions, and career touchdown passes.
“I’m really proud for Buckshot to set the record,” Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze said. “He deserves it. That will probably stand for a while. I thought he was pretty dang good tonight in the first half.”
Buckshot and AGG, the most decorated quarterback-wide receiver tandem in Liberty history, have connected for 28 touchdowns during their career. That’s the most between any single combo in school history.
“I feel like there’s more to come,” Gandy-Golden said Saturday night. “It’s definitely fun. I’m enjoying it.”