Game No. 6 - Oct. 11, 2008
Stony Brook Seawolves (1-4, 0-0 Big South)
Football Quick Facts
Location: Lynchburg, Va. Enrollment: 11,311 Founder: Dr. Jerry Falwell President/Chancellor: Jerry Falwell, Jr. Vice Chancellor/COO: Dr. Ronald Godwin Director of Athletics: Jeff Barber Founded: 1971 Nickname: Flames Colors: Red, White and Blue
No. 15/16 Liberty Flames (5-0, 1-0 Big South)
Lynchburg, Va. - Williams Stadium - 3:30 p.m.
Nice To Meet You
Football Began: 1973 All-Time Football Record: 177-189-4 (.484) Affiliation: NCAA Division I FCS Conference: Big South Stadium: Williams Stadium Capacity: 12,000 Surface: FieldTurf
2007 Record: 8-3 Conference Record: 4-0 (1st) Offensive Formation: Two-Back Set Defensive Formation: 3-4 Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 38/21 Starters Returning/Lost: 12/14
Head Coach: Danny Rocco (Wake Forest, ‘84) Record at Liberty: 19-8 (Third season) Overall Record: 19-8 (Third season)
Radio Station: WRVL 88.3 FM Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Jerry Edwards Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sideline Reporter: Jamie Hall Statistician: H.J. Owen Engineer: Chris Wygal Producer: Mark Edwards
Television Station: WTLU, MASN,
FamilyNet, RTN13.2 Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Tilley Color Commentary: Ray Jones Sideline Reporter: Samantha Steele
Big South play returns to Williams Stadium today, when Liberty welcomes league newcomer Stony Brook for the Flames’ first afternoon contest of the year. Liberty opened up its 2007 conference title defense last weekend with a 43-38 road win over Big South rival Coastal Carolina, while the Seawolves come into the game fresh and rested following an idle week.
In just two seasons at Liberty, head coach Danny Rocco has taken the Flames from 1-10 (in 2005) to Big South champions. The third- year skipper has posted a 19-8 record since taking over the program, helping him garner Big South Coach of the Year honors in back-to- back seasons. Last year, the Flames were 8-3 and a perfect 4-0 against Big South foes.
The Seawolves are under the direction of Chuck Priore, who is also in his third season at Stony Brook. Prior to joining the Seawolves’ staff, Priore served as the head coach at Trinity College. He guided the Bantams to four-straight NESCAC championships, including undefeated seasons in 2003-04-05.
At the Top Again
For the second year in a row, the Flames were named the preseason favorites to hoist the Big South trophy at the end of the season. Liberty garnered 12 out of 13 first-place votes in the annual Big South coaches and media preseason poll and finished 19 points ahead of second-place Coastal Carolina in total votes.
Today’s match-up with Stony Brook not only marks the beginning of Big South Conference play for the associate member, but it also accounts for the first meeting between the two programs. The Seawolves are one of three newcomers to the Flames’ schedule this year. Liberty had never faced North Greenville prior to its season opener on Aug. 30, while the squad will have its first- ever gridiron match-up next weekend when Lafayette comes to Lynchburg.
Home Sweet Home
Today, the Flames welcome visiting Stony Brook to Williams Stadium, a facility Liberty has called home for the past 20 seasons. Liberty rallied for a 37-19 victory over Towson State on Oct. 21, 1989, and has won 65 percent of its contests since, having posted a 68-37 record at the on-campus facility. Last year, the Flames went undefeated at home for the second time in program history, posting a school-record 6-0 record, en route to their Big South title run.
Despite remnants of Hurricane Hanna lingering in the area, Liberty played its Glenville State game on Sept. 6 in front of 13,917 fans, the seventh largest crowd in stadium history. Since head coach Danny Rocco has arrived at Liberty, the Flames have filled Williams Stadium beyond capacity 10 out of 14 games. Liberty has posted a 12-2 during those contests, averaging 12,938 fans per home game.
Western Carolina No. 23 Young. St. Coastal Carolina
Stony Brook Oct. 11
Home - W/ 49-10 Home - W/ 44-27 Away - W/ 19-16 Away - W/ 31-28 Away - W/ 43-38 Home - 3:30 p.m. Home - 3:30 p.m. Home - 3:30 p.m. Away - 1:30 p.m. Away - 1:30 p.m.
vs. Gardner-Webb Nov. 15 Home - 7 p.m.
vs. Elon Nov. 22 Home - 1 p.m.