LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Stephen Calvert passed for 350 yards and three touchdowns, Todd Macon rushed for 193 yards with a pair of TDs and Liberty defeated Monmouth 52-28 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in Big South play.
Liberty (4-3, 2-0) quickly built a 21-0 lead when the freshman Calvert hit Dante' Shells with a 5-yard touchdown pass and teamed with Macon on a 76-yard scoring play. Macon followed the long TD catch with an 11-yard scoring run.
Monmouth (4-4, 0-3) fought to within 38-28 when Zach Welch scored two rushing touchdowns late in the third quarter and Lavon Chaney turned a fourth-down-and-short into a 53-yard score early in the fourth.
Macon put the game out of reach, capping Liberty's next possession with a scoring run from the 9.
Liberty gained 331 yards on the ground with four rushing touchdowns, and compiled 681 yards of total offense.
Darren Ambush caught seven passes for 210 yards and a touchdown for Monmouth.
Liberty 52, Monmouth 28: Mosley runs for an 8-yard touchdown. 1:04 left in the fourth quarter.
Liberty 45, Monmouth 28: Macon runs for a 9-yard touchdown. 8:52 left in the fourth quarter.
Liberty 38, Monmouth 28: Chaney runs for a 53-yard touchdown. 12:48 left in the fourth quarter.
Liberty 38, Monmouth 21: Welch runs for a 1-yard touchdown. 1:56 left in the third quarter.
Liberty 38, Monmouth 14: Welch runs for a 2-yard touchdown. 4:01 left in the third quarter.
Liberty 38, Monmouth 7: Calvert completes to Antonio Gandy-Golden for a 4-yard touchdown. 11:10 left in the third quarter.
Liberty 31, Monmouth 7: Liberty's Alex Probert kicks a 26-yard field goal. 1:37 left in the second quarter.
Liberty 28, Monmouth 7: Liberty's Carrington Mosley runs for a 6-yard touchdown. 8:13 left in the second quarter.
Liberty 21, Monmouth 7: Monmouth's Cody Williams completes to Darren Ambush for a 45-yard touchdown. 10:23 left in the second quarter.
Liberty 21, Monmouth 0: Macon runs for an 11-yard touchdown. 11:26 left to play in the second quarter.
Liberty 14, Monmouth 0: Calvert completes to Todd Macon for a 76-yard touchdown. 6:07 left in the first quarter.
Liberty 7, Monmouth 0: Liberty's QB Stephen Calvert completes to Dante Shells for a 5-yard touchdown. 10:31 left in the first quarter.
After defeating Kennesaw State on the road, the Liberty Flames return to Lynchburg for homecoming to face Monmouth Saturday.
Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. in Lynchburg.
Remember to watch for highlights at 7:30 p.m. and during Saturday Football Extra on WDBJ7 at 11:15 p.m.