Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Founded: 1971
Enrollment: 14,500
Nickname: Flames
Big South Champs: 2007-2010, 2012-2014

  • HEAD COACH: Turner Gill, 4th season at Liberty (24-15-0)
  • CONFERENCE: Big South Conference
  • STADIUM: Williams Stadium (19,200)
  • 2015 PRESEASON POLL: 2nd Place
  • 2014 RECORD: 9-5 (4-1 Big South) 1st Place
  • 2015 RECORD: 1-1 (0-0 Big South)
  • SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series 1-0
  • LAST MEETING: Sept 15, 2012 – Montana won in Missoula 34-14.

Liberty Football Schedule/Results

Liberty has played two games so far in the 2015 season.  The first game Liberty hosted FCS Delaware State and handled the Hornets easily, winning 32-13.  Last week, the Flames traveled to West Virginia to take on the FBS Mountaineers.  For those of you who don’t know, the Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen adopted some of Stitt’s plays back in 2012 in an Orange Bowl matchup against Clemson where the Mountaineers absolutely demolished the Tigers 70-33.  Liberty was no match for West Virginia in a 17-41 loss.

Below is Liberty’s full schedule as well as last year’s season results, and a list of conference championships.

Record: 1-1 (0-0 Big South) | Home: 1-0 | Away: 0-1 | PF: 49 | PA: 54

2015 Schedule/Results
Sat, Sept 5vs Delaware StateW 32-131-0 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 12@ West VirginiaL 17-411-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 19vs #8 Montana5:00 PM MT
Sat, Sept 26@ Southern Illinois
Sat, Oct 3@ Georgia State
Sat, Oct 10@ Garnder-Webb
Sat, Oct 17@ Monmouth
Sat, Oct 24vs Kennesaw State
Sat, Nov 7vs Presbyterian
Sat, Nov 14@ Charleston Southern
Thu, Nov 19vs #2 Coastal Carolina

2014 Schedule/Results

Sat, Aug 30@ #23 North CarolinaL 29-560-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 6@ Norfolk StateW 17-01-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 13vs BrevardW 56-312-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 20vs BryantW 38-213-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 27@ Indiana StateL 19-383-2 (0-0)
Sat, Oct 4vs RichmondL 39-46 2OT3-3 (0-0)
Sat, Oct 11@ Appalachian StateW 55-48 OT4-3 (0-0)
Sat, Oct 25vs Gardner-WebbW 34-05-3 (1-0)
Sat, Nov 1@ PresbyterianW 28-76-3 (2-0)
Sat, Nov 8vs MonmouthW 34-247-3 (3-0)
Thu, Nov 15vs Charleston SouthernL 36-387-4 (3-1)
Sat, Nov 22@ Coastal CarolinaW 16-158-4 (4-1)
Sat, Nov 29@ James Madison – 1st RoundW 26-218-4 (4-1)
Sat, Dec 6@ Villanova – 2nd RoundL 22-298-4 (4-1)

** denotes playoff game

Liberty Championships

120078-3Big South Conference Champions
2200810-2Big South Conference Champions
320098-3Big South Conference Co-Champions
420108-3Big South Conference Co-Champions
520126-5Big South Conference Co-Champions
620138-4Big South Conference Co-Champions
720149-5Big South Conference Co-Champions

Liberty made it’s first appearance in the FCS Playoffs in 2014.

Playoff Appearances
NoYearRound & OpponentResultsRecord
120141st Round @ James Madison 2nd Round @ VillanovaW 26-21 L 22-291-1

Offensive/Defensive Breakdown

Below are the stats for the Griz and Liberty offense/defense from the last two games and how each team compares.

(Stats research from Brint Wahlberg)

Offensive StatsMontanaLiberty
Passing Yards394234
Rushing Yards108160
Total Offense502394
Defensive StatsMontanaLiberty
Pass Defense127270
Rush Defense280107
Total Defense407377
Other StatsMontanaLiberty
Offensive Points Scored28.5 ppg24.5 ppg
Defensive Points Allowed27.5 ppg27 ppg
Turnover Margin-4+3
Fieldgoal %80% made33% made
Red Zone Defense (Touchdowns)80% Allowed67% Allowed
Red Zone Offense (Touchdowns)44%60%

Offensive Top Performers

Montana Passing

Brady Gustafson701197876.644

Montana Rushing

John Nguyen331564.7041

Montana Receiving

Jamaal Jones1720512.1128
Ellis Henderson1218015262
Reese Carlson78011.4031

Offensive Top Performers

Liberty Passing

Josh Woodrum40644687.331

Liberty Rushing

Desmond Rice311765.7229
D.J. Abnar18965.3024

Liberty Receiving

Darrin Peterson1214712.3226
Zac Parker1210112.6160
B.J. Farrow47017.5020


Execute, execute, execute. That will make the difference between a Griz win and a Griz loss. Road games are always tough to come away with wins, but if we see the Montana team who took down NDSU in week 1 show up, the Griz will beat Liberty. If the Griz who played Cal Poly show up against Liberty, the Griz will lose. With the Griz getting a second “mini-fall” camp thanks to the early-season bye week, the team was able to rest up and focus on eliminating mistakes. The defense should once again be great as they have been the first two games this year and give the offense the chance to put up points. We’ll take the Griz in this one, winning 31-21.



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