Liberty dethrones Old Dominion, 52-10, for first FBS win
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A near hour-long weather delay could not keep the Flames from picking up their first win at the FBS level, as Liberty downed visiting Old Dominion 52-10, Saturday evening, at a newly renovated Williams Stadium.
The Flames scored on the first two drives of the game and on six-straight drives late in the contest to open up a four-point game.
Box Score Highlights:
- Final Score: 52-10
- Liberty (1-0)
- Old Dominion (0-1, 0-0 C-USA)
- Location: Williams Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)
- Attendance: 20,425 (fourth largest crowd in Williams Stadium history)
- After jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead, the Flames did not add points to the scoreboard during a 35-minute period. However, running back Kentory Matthews broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run with 2:25 left in the third quarter, the second of six-straight scoring drives for the Flames in the second half.
- Prior to the 57-yard run, Liberty had tallied 74 rushing yards on 20 carries (3.7 yards per carry). Liberty finished the game rushing for 238 yards on 38 carries (6.3 yards per carry).
- The Flames scored on their first two drives of the game. Quarterback Stephen Calvert found DJ Stubbs on the sidelines and the sophomore scored from 35 yards out at 13:04. Following a muffed punt by Old Dominion, Liberty quickly scored when Calvert hit Antonio Gandy-Golden in the corner of the end zone at 9:13.
- Old Dominion looked like it might get on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter when quarterback Steven Williams found Jonathan Dupree on a deep 31-yard pass in the back of the end zone at 6:09. However, replay overturned the touchdown call and the Monarchs had to settle for a 48-yard field goal by Nick Rice.
- Old Dominion finally found the end zone early in the second quarter. Williams called his own number on a fourth-and-goal play to score from one yard out and pull the Monarchs to within 14-10 with 9:55 left before halftime.
- Old Dominion had two more chances to score, but Rice pushed a pair field goals (40 and 38 yards) wide right, including the second as time expired before the break, allowing Liberty to hold the halftime lead.
- Liberty finally added points to the scoreboard when Aaron Peart knocked down a 20-yard field goal with 4:58 left to play, his first career field goal at Liberty. The key play of the seven-play, 87-yard drive was a 55-yard reception by Stubbs.
- Following a three-and-out series on Old Dominion’s next drive, Kentory Matthews’ speed allowed the redshirt senior to outrun several would-be defenders. His 57-yard touchdown run up the middle pushed the lead to 24-10 with 2:25 left in the quarter.
- The Flames put the game out of reach early on in the fourth quarter when Liberty scored on its third drive in a row. Gandy-Golden leapt up to catch a pass to the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard scoring strike to push the lead to 31-10 with 13:42 left to play.
- After Liberty came up with a four-down stop on Old Dominion’s next drive, Gandy-Golden wrapped up his fourth career multiple-touchdown game with a 22-yard scoring reception. His third touchdown reception of the game pushed Liberty’s lead to 38-10 with 12:22 remaining in the contest.
- The Flames continue their inaugural season at the FBS level next Saturday when they hit the road to face Army. The Black Knights (0-1) are coming off a 34-14 road loss at Duke