LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Flames scored four of their five touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 231 yards en route to a 35-14 victory over Presbyterian College, Saturday afternoon, at Williams Stadium.
The victory, Liberty’s third in a row, ups the Flames’ overall record to 6-4 and 3-1 in Big South play. The loss, PC’s second-consecutive setback, drops the Blue Hose to 3-6 on the season and 1-2 in league play.
The win also keeps the Flames in the hunt for their sixth Big South title in the last seven years. Earlier in the day, No. 18/16 Charleston Southern upended No. 5/3 Coastal Carolina, 31-26, at home, placing the Buccaneers in first place in the Big South at 3-0.
Liberty travels to Charleston, S.C., to face the Buccaneers (10-1) the last week of the regular season on Nov. 23.
Desmond Rice was Liberty’s offensive standout, carrying the ball 22 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns. The junior, who as now scored 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013, became the ninth player in program history on the day with 10 or more rushing touchdowns in a season.
D.J. Abnar finished the game with 10 carries for 42 yards and a score, while Clifton Richardson rushed eight times for 42 yards.
Josh Woodrum finished the game an efficient 13-of-17 with 147 passing yards and one touchdown. His top target on the day was Gabe Henderson, who had five receptions for 34 yards. Peterson, who scored Liberty’s lone receiving touchdown, added three catches for 25 yards.
Jacob Hagen, who caused both PC turnovers on the day, led Liberty with nine tackles (six solo, three assisted), to go along with his interception and forced fumble. Followed defensive back Kenny Scott followed with six tackles to lead the Flames defensive effort.
Ed Britt led all defenders in the game with 11 tackles (six solo, five assisted), while Cory White followed behind with 10 stops (four solo, six assisted) for the Blue Hose.
The Flames will close out the home portion of their 2013 regular season schedule next Saturday when they host Brevard. The 3:30 p.m. contest at Williams Stadium will be Senior Day and wrap up a three-game homestand for Liberty.
Presbyterian College remains in Big South play next Saturday and will face Coastal Carolina following its upset setback to Charleston Southern earlier today. PC travels to Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C., for the 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.