big win for Liberty 35-17

Stephen Calvert And wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden dominated the game for the Flame .
Calvert had a career 300-yard game, finishing the night by completing 20- of 30 attempts for 325
Yards and four TD. Gandy- Golden ended the night with eight receptions for 174 yards and two TD. the Flames offense scored on the game’s first drive and four times before halftime to take a 22-7 lead into halftime. Liberty held the Bulls to 373 offensive yard. Buffalo tried to respond on the following drive, marching with 65 yards on 16 plays to get deep in Liberty territory. However, 
Alex McNulty Missed wide left on a 37-yard field goal attempt. Buffalo quarterback Matt Myers
Threw a 13-yard pass to Dylan McDuffie for TD to tie the game 7-7 In the second quarter. 
Third Quarter Gandy -Golden scored 55-yards TD with 16 seconds left before the end of
The third quarter. The Bulls score on their lone possession of the fourth quarter when Myers complete a 5-yard pass to Cole Burniston stone for Buffalo TD. EM-SPORTS 9/15/19 Lynchburg VA


liberty Flames Football lose home opener 



Liberty Flames step right up.  The 2019 season will begin like no other in the school’s short football history.

In what is billed as the “biggest game in Liberty’s history”, the Syracuse Orange entered onto the turf of Williams Stadium.  
Liberty wants one day to aspire to be a big-time program in an FBS conference.  The 22nd-ranked Orange of the ACC were going to be a great test.  
Liberty had said the right things and the entire city of Lynchburg was motivated and ready to generate the energy needed for an upset. However, the Orange were not surprised or overwhelmed. Syracuse was methodical and uneven as Liberty threw everything they had at them. Syracuse took an early 10-0 lead into the half. 
Liberty kept scratching and clawing but could not breakthrough the super tough Syracuse defense. On offense, Syracuse made just enough plays and scored two more touchdowns in the second half.
Each team showed early season miscues and jitters.  Both starting quarterbacks, Stephen Calvert for Liberty and Tommy Devito of Syracuse, each tossed two interceptions apiece.  The teams combined for 7 total turnovers.  Antonio Gandy-Golden was the true bright spot for Liberty.  He finished with game highs of six receptions and 119 receiving yards.  Syracuse running back Moe Neal finished with 143 total yards.  The ground game from the Orange churned up 192 yards and gashed the Liberty defense on multiple occasions.   
With all heart and effort, the Flames played valiantly but in the end could not match the depth and strength and effectiveness of the proverbial “Big Boys.”  The lessons learned will pay great dividends in the future.  The Flames will have to regroup and prepare for more tough challenges ahead but they know that they can compete.  Knowing is half the battle. 
 by 8/31/2019





NCAA Denies Waiver Appeal for Willis


       LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty Athletics received word today the NCAA has denied its appeal request for immediate eligibility for former Auburn quarterback Malik Willis.

       Willis transferred to Liberty this past summer following two seasons of play at Auburn. The native of Atlanta, Ga., saw playing time in 15 games with the Tigers during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He completed 11-of-14 passing attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 28 times for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

       Willis faced the Flames when Liberty traveled to Auburn, Ala., in 2018. He finished the Nov. 17 game completing 2-of-3 passing attempts for 13 yards, while adding a 16-yard rushing touchdown.




Liberty and ESPN Events Enter Bowl Agreement for 2020-25 Bowl Cycle


       LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty’s bowl game opportunities will greatly expand during the next bowl cycle with Liberty and ESPN Events entering a new secondary bowl game agreement.

       During the 2020 to 2025 bowl game cycle, ESPN Events could place the Flames in one of at least six bowl games:  Boca Raton Bowl (FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.), Camellia Bowl (Cramton Bowl; Montgomery, Ala.), , Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Albertsons Stadium; Boise, Idaho), Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas), Myrtle Beach Bowl (Brooks Stadium; Conway, S.C.) and New Mexico Bowl (Dreamstyle Stadium; Albuquerque, N.M.).

       “Liberty enjoys a strong and vibrant partnership with ESPN Events that has been furthered by a six-year bowl participation agreement beginning next season,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “This agreement provides a wide array of attractive bowl opportunities in exciting destinations for future Liberty football teams and Flames Nation.”

       The secondary bowl agreement extends Liberty’s long-standing working relationship with ESPN. ESPN has an exclusive, multi-year agreement to broadcast Liberty’s home football games.

       Through its ASUN Conference broadcast agreement with ESPN, all of Liberty's conference events (home and away) are now carried on ESPN+. Liberty also has agreements, which provide field hockey, ice hockey and other Club Sports events for airing on ESPN+.

       The partnership between Liberty and ESPN has always involved live sports productions. Over the past two years, Liberty has produced more than 250 live sporting events for ESPN+, highlighted by the football broadcasts.

       The bowl game agreement is Liberty Athletics’ second for its football program since announcing plans to move up to the FBS level on Feb. 16, 2017.

       Last year, Liberty Athletics announced an individual secondary bowl agreement with the AutoNation Cure Bowl for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

       In the event either conference affiliated with the previously mentioned bowl games does not have enough deserving teams, defined as meeting the six qualifying win threshold, the secondary bowl agreement allows ESPN Events and its bowl game partners to place a bowl eligible Liberty team.

       With an enrollment figure over 100,000 students, including 15,000 residential students, and 250,000 current alumni hailing from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world, Liberty provides these seven bowl games with a fan base that is prepared to travel the country and see the Flames football program play in their first-ever FBS bowl game.

       Liberty Athletics recently completed the two-year FBS reclassification process and enters the 2019 season as the 130th fully bowl eligible FBS team in the country.


ESPN Events Bowl Agreement for the 2020-25 Bowl Game Cycle:

Boca Raton Bowl

·       FAU Stadium

·       Boca Raton, Fla.

Camellia Bowl

·       Cramton Bowl

·       Montgomery, Ala.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

·       Albertsons Stadium

·       Boise, Idaho

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl

·       Toyota Stadium

·       Frisco, Texas

Myrtle Beach Bowl

·       Brooks Stadium

·       Conway, S.C.

New Mexico Bowl

•       Dreamstyle Stadium

•       Albuquerque, N.M.


Football Season Tickets Remain On Sale

       Excitement around Liberty’s football program has never been higher and Flames Nation can take their next step in supporting the Flames by purchasing their 2019 season tickets.

       After seeing the Flames become the ninth team in NCAA history to win six or more games during their first season at the FBS level, college football’s highest level of competition, the Flames Ticket Office is excited to announce that 2019 season tickets are currently on sale.

       Flames Nation can reserve their season tickets for as low as $70 per person for a general admission ticket at the renovated Williams Stadium, which now seats 25,000 fans.

       By visiting, fans can see the variety of numerous season ticket options available throughout the 2019 season.

       Season ticket packages for Liberty’s six-game home schedule include: Club Level ($360), West Premium Chairbacks ($165), West Reserved Benchbacks ($130), West Reserved Benchbacks ($100), East Reserved Benchbacks ($85) and East General Admission ($70).

       A season ticket package provides fans with significant savings over purchasing a single game ticket – up to 56 percent. Liberty opens its 2019 season on Aug. 31 when it hosts ACC opponent Syracuse, the first Power 5 opponent to visit Williams Stadium.

       Fans can support Liberty Football by joining the Flames Club, which exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics' three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.

       Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level. For more information about the Flames Club, please call 434-582-CLUB (2582) or email


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