2014 Liberty Flames football team

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2014 Liberty Flames football
LU Flames wordmark.png
Big South co-champion
Conference Big South Conference
Ranking
Sports Network No. 17
FCS Coaches No. 17
2014 record 9–5 (4–1 Big South)
Head coach Turner Gill (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Aaron Stamn
Co-defensive coordinator Robert Wimberly
Co-defensive coordinator Vantz Singletary
Home stadium Williams Stadium
(Capacity: 19,200)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Coastal Carolina +^   4 1         12 2  
#17 Liberty +^   4 1         9 5  
Charleston Southern   3 2         8 4  
Presbyterian   3 2         6 5  
Monmouth   1 4         6 5  
Gardner–Webb   0 5         4 8  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2014 Liberty Flames football team represented Liberty University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Turner Gill and played their home games at Williams Stadium. They were a member of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 4–1 in Big South play to share the conference championship with Coastal Carolina. They received the Big South's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated James Madison in the first round before losing in the second round to Villanova.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM at No. 23 (FBS) North Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ESPN3 L 29–56   51,000
September 6 4:00 PM at Norfolk State* William "Dick" Price StadiumNorfolk, VA LFSN W 17–0   6,150
September 13 7:00 PM Brevard* Williams StadiumLynchburg, VA LFSN W 56–31   15,755
September 20 7:00 PM Bryant* No. 24 Williams Stadium • Lynchburg, VA LFSN W 38–21   16,873
September 27 3:00 PM at Indiana State* No. 22 Memorial StadiumTerre Haute, IN LFSN L 19–38   5,633
October 4 7:00 PM No. 20 Richmond*dagger Williams Stadium • Lynchburg, VA LFSN L 39–46 2OT  20,838
October 11 3:30 PM at Appalachian State* Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, NC ESPN3 W 55–48 OT  26,058
October 25 3:30 PM Gardner–Webb Williams Stadium • Lynchburg, VA ESPN3 W 34–0   20,217
November 1 2:00 PM at Presbyterian Bailey Memorial StadiumClinton, SC LFSN W 28–7   2,691
November 8 3:30 PM Monmouth Williams Stadium • Lynchburg, VA ASN W 34–24   16,053
November 15 3:30 PM Charleston Southern Williams Stadium • Lynchburg, VA LFSN L 36–38   12,362
November 22 1:00 PM at No. 1 Coastal Carolina Brooks StadiumConway, SC ESPN3 W 15–14   8,576
November 29 4:00 PM at No. 15 James Madison* No. 20 Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (FCS Playoffs First Round) ESPN3 W 26–21   13,040
December 6 4:30 PM at No. 5 Villanova* No. 20 Villanova StadiumVillanova, PA (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 L 22–29   3,113
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

@ North Carolina[edit]

Liberty @ North Carolina
1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 7 8 7 7 29
#23 Tar Heels 14 7 28 7 56

In their first game of the season, the Flames lost, 56–29 to the North Carolina Tar Heels.[1]

@ Norfolk State[edit]

Liberty @ Norfolk State
1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 3 7 0 7 17
Spartans 0 0 0 0 0

In their second game of the season, the Flames won, 17–0 over the Norfolk State Spartans.[2]

Brevard[edit]

Brevard @ Liberty
1 2 3 4 Total
Tornadoes 0 17 7 7 31
Flames 21 14 7 14 56

In their third game of the season, the Flames won, 56–31 over the Brevard Tornadoes.[3]

Bryant[edit]

Bryant @ Liberty
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 14 0 7 21
#24 Flames 10 14 7 7 38

In their fourth game of the season, the Flames won, 38–21 over the Bryant Bulldogs.[4]

@ Indiana State[edit]

Liberty @ Indiana State
1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Flames 3 10 0 6 19
Sycamores 3 21 0 14 38

In their fifth game of the season, the Flames lost, 38–19 to the Indiana State Sycamores.[5]

Richmond[edit]

Richmond @ Liberty
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
#20 Spiders 15 7 0 10 7 7 46
Flames 0 7 15 10 7 0 39

In their sixth game of the season, the Flames lost, 46–39, in double overtime, to the Richmond Spiders.[6]

@ Appalachian State[edit]

Liberty @ Appalachian State
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Flames 14 14 13 7 7 55
Mountaineers 7 17 16 8 0 48

In their seventh game of the season, the Flames won, 55–48, in overtime, over the Appalachian State Mountaineers.[7]

Gardner–Webb[edit]

Gardner–Webb @ Liberty
1 2 3 4 Total
Runnin' Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Flames 10 10 14 0 34

In their eighth game of the season, the Flames won, 34–0, over the Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs.[8]

@ Presbyterian[edit]

Liberty @ Presbyterian
1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 7 14 0 7 28
Blue Hose 0 0 0 7 7

In their ninth game of the season, the Flames won, 28–7, over the Presbyterian Blue Hose.[9]

Monmouth[edit]

Monmouth @ Liberty
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawks 7 7 10 0 24
Flames 7 10 7 10 34

In their tenth game of the season, the Flames won, 34–24, over the Monmouth Hawks.[10]

Charleston Southern[edit]

Charleston Southern @ Liberty
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 17 14 7 38
Flames 3 13 7 13 36

In their eleventh game of the season, the Flames lost, 38–36, to the Charleston Southern Buccaneers.[11]

@ Coastal Carolina[edit]

Liberty @ Coastal Carolina
1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 3 3 6 3 15
#2 Chanticleers 0 14 0 0 14
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Brooks Stadium
    Conway, SC
  • Game start: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 8,576
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Mike Hogewood and Mike Gleason

In their twelfth game of the season, the Flames won, 15–14, over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.[12]

FCS Playoffs[edit]

@ James Madison[edit]

Liberty @ James Madison
1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Flames 3 7 10 6 26
#15 Dukes 0 21 0 0 21

In their thirteenth game of the season, the Flames won, 26–21, over the James Madison Dukes in their 2014 FCS First Round playoff game.[13]

@ Villanova[edit]

Liberty @ Villanova
1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Flames 10 9 3 0 22
#5 Wildcats 0 14 0 15 29

In their fourteenth game of the season, the Flames lost, 29–22, to the Villanova Wildcats in their 2014 FCS Second Round playoff game.[14]

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final 
Sports Network RV RV RV 24 22 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 20 17 
Coaches RV RV RV RV 23 RV NR RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 17


References[edit]

  1. ^ Beard, Aaron (August 30, 2014). "No. 23 Tar Heels Beat Flames 56-29 in Opener". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Liberty Defeats Norfolk State 17-0". ESPN. Associated Press. September 6, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brevard vs. Liberty". ESPN. Associated Press. September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Liberty over Bryant 38-21". ESPN. Associated Press. September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Perish leads Indiana State Past Liberty, 38-19". ESPN. Associated Press. September 27, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Richmond Edges Liberty 46-39 in 2OT". ESPN. Associated Press. October 4, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Liberty edges Appalachian State 55-48 in OT". ESPN. Associated Press. October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Abnar leads Liberty past Gardner-Webb 34-0". ESPN. Associated Press. October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Liberty rolls over Presbyterian 28-7". ESPN. Associated Press. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Abnar carries Liberty past Monmouth, 34-24". ESPN. Associated Press. November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Charleston Southern hangs on to tip Liberty, 38-36". ESPN. Associated Press. November 15, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Liberty edges Coastal Carolina 15-14 to win title". ESPN. Associated Press. November 22, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Liberty outlasts James Madison 26-21". ESPN. Associated Press. November 29, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Villanova comeback tops Liberty 29-22 in FCS". ESPN. Associated Press. December 6, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.