Liberty Keeps Title Hopes Alive

From Liberty athletics:

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Flames equaled their entire season turnover total on Saturday and kept Walter Payton Award candidate Miguel Maysonet in check, securing a 28-14 victory over No. 6/8 Stony Brook on Senior Day at Williams Stadium.

LU still has a shot to win the Big South's automatic berth to the FCS playoffs. The only way in which they can do so is if Coastal Carolina loses to Charleston Southern at home next Saturday AND Liberty beats VMI. In that scenario, LU would win the head-to-head tie breaker with Stony Brook.

The 14-point win comes against the highest-ranked team Liberty has beaten in program history and was the Flames' first over a ranked opponent under first-year head coach Turner Gill. With the win, the Flames level their season record at 5-5 and up to 4-1 in Big South play.

The win also extended the Big South's longest home conference winning streak, as the Flames have now won 18-straight league games dating back to 2006.

The loss brings to a close the regular season schedule for the Seawolves. The Stony Brook finishes 2012 with a 9-2 overall mark and 5-1 in Big South play. The Seawolves are assured a share of the Big South title for the fourth year in a row, but their postseason fate will be determined following the completion of next week's Big South schedule.