LYNCHBURG, VA. (Presbyterian College) – Liberty scored 14 unanswered in the second half to break open a one-touchdown game and take the 35-14 win over the Presbyterian College football team tonight at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.
Heys McMath completed 20-of-28 pass for 153 yards with one interception and one touchdown. The ground game was controlled by LaQua Mayes who took five carries for 29 yards. Arthur Williams caught four passes for a team-leading 49 yards. Jeremiah McKie led the team in all-purpose yardage with 82.
PC drops to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the Big South while Liberty improves to 6-4, 3-1. PC travels down the road to Conway Nov. 16, to take on Coastal Carolina in a 3 p.m. contest.
The Blue Hose converted 15 first downs, to Liberty’s 23 and had the ball for 26:44, compared to 33:16 for the Flames. PC racked up 244 yards of offense, 153 of them coming from the air. Liberty came away with 378 yards of offense with 241 coming above.
Ed Britt led the team in tackles with a career-high 11. Two of them for a loss, followed by Cory White with his 10, just one shy of his career-best.
Liberty took its opening drive 65 yards in seven plays for the game’s first score. Josh Woodrum, who went 13-of-17 on the night, threw a 20-yard pass to Darrin Peterson to cap the drive and give the Flames the early 7-0 lead with 11:25 left on the clock
The Flames forced PC to punt away on its opening drive but Liberty fumbled the return, giving the Blue Hose the ball at the LU 41-yard line. After driving to the Liberty 10-yard line in seven plays, PC fumbled the ball, giving the Flames the ball back.
Liberty capitalized, driving the field in 18 plays to score its second touchdown of the game. After reaching the one-yard line, Desmond Rice took the ball the short distance, giving the Flames the 14-0 lead with 11:11 to go in the second.
PC fought back on its next possession, scoring in an eight-play, 65 yard drive. Highlighting the series was a 15-yard rush by McMath and Rouse, as well as an 11-yard carry by Rouse. The drive was capped by a nine-yard completion by Joey Gilkey, his third of the season.
The Blue Hose defense held Liberty just outside the red zone on their next possession, forcing a field goal attempt, which sailed wide to give PC the ball at its own 28-yard line. The Blue Hose reached the 44-yard line before an interception by McMath ended the drive. Jacob Hagen picked off the pass and ran it back 44 yards to the PC 32-yard line.
Four plays later a 14-yard pass to Rice gave the Flames the 21-7 lead with just under a minute to go before intermission.
PC started on offense to open the third and drove the field for its second score of the game. Highlighting the drive was a 24-yard reception by Arthur Williams to give the Blue Hose the ball just inside Liberty territory. LaQua Mayes took a pass from McMath 22-yard, just nine plays later to put the ball on the Flame 23. Four plays later McMath took the ball himself four yards for the score to make it 21-14 in favor of Liberty.
The Flames capitalized on a failed Blue Hose fake punt that that put the ball on the PC 28 yard line with 3:41 left in the third, by scoring five plays later off a Rice six-yard rush to give Liberty the 28-14 lead with 1:20 to go before the fourth quarter.
Liberty forced the Blue Hose into a four and out in the next possession and took over at its own 44-yard line. On a first and 10, Woodrum completed a 45-yard pass to Dante Shells, to set up a rush up the middle by D.J. Abnar for the score, giving the Flames the 35-14 lead with 13:45 remaining.
Neither team would score again as the Flames ended the game with the 35-14 win.
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