It has been a disappointing month for the Flames as they dropped four straight games to the likes of FCS powerhouse Jacksonville State, defensively skilled Saint Francis, and conference foes Kennesaw State and Monmouth. Liberty fans are all too familiar with the Flames picking up major wins while dropping games that seem like easy wins. But considering the way the season is playing out, Liberty is losing to the good teams (combined record of 26-6) while beating the bad (combined record of 4-29). In any manner, there is no doubt this team has not lived up to its potential. Now, they are eyeing a 7-4 season. Thankfully Liberty’s skid came to an end Saturday as they put together 548 offensive yards and 33 points to slow the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
MVP: RB Carrington Mosley
Liberty’s rushing attack is undoubtedly the weakest aspect of the offense. Apart from Morehead State (who is….bad), Liberty has seen little success on the ground. But when it does, the Flames win. When it comes to those wins against Baylor, Morehead State, Indiana State, and Gardner-Webb, Liberty has had a 100-yard rusher (4-0). Interestingly, their losses against Jacksonville State, Saint Francis, Kennesaw State, and Monmouth lacked a 100-yard rusher (0-4). Of course, a number of variables go into wins and losses, but no doubt RB Carrington Mosley deserves the highlight this week as his 135 total yards and 2 rushing TDs pushed the Flames over the top against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Considering the pattern, it clearly makes a difference.
MVP: CB Jeremy Peters
Peters easily earned our defensive MVP award this week. Apart from his 2 tackles, Peters grabbed his first interception of the year against Gardner-Webb….and then his second….and then his third…all in the second half. Each INT played a major role in Liberty’s victory as the first snag came in the endzone which resulted in a touchback and kept the Runnin’ Bulldogs off the board. The second INT, which Peters returned for a touchdown, came in the fourth quarter when G-W was looking to make it a one-score game. And his final INT came on the very next drive which brought the game to a close.
MVP: P Trey Turner
Well hello there Trey Turner. This pre-season all-conference punter has had a relatively quiet season, but that wasn’t the case Saturday as he had his best game of the year. Turner averaged 44 yards per punt, about 5 yards more than his season average. Of those 5 punts, 3 landed inside the 20-yard line and just one rolled for a touchback.