LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The Liberty Flames are coming off a Week 1 loss to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg last week. But the Flames were back in Lynchburg Saturday hoping to bounce-back in their home-opener.
You might remember that Liberty actually had a lead over Virginia Tech going into the second quarter last week, so how would they fare against a fellow FCS school? The Flames came in at 0-1 in the season, but still had much to gain against Jacksonville University.
Liberty got things rolling in a hurry Saturday. Just minutes into the first quarter, Liberty junior quarterback Stephon Masha threw a screen pass to junior running back Todd Macon.
"It was definitely wonderful, man, being back there: looking at the holes they were opening," Macon said. "It was definitely a blessing for us to get back on track. We worked all week for this and it really paid off this game."
Macon squirted through the middle of the field for the nice gain which led to Masha throwing a fade to BJ Farrow who made the grab in the corner of the endzone. Liberty easily took the 7-0 lead.
"Offensively it was great to see our offense executive it was outstanding by our O-line and running backs," Liberty football head coach Turner Gill said.
Later in the first, Masha showed off his arm strength. He and the rest of the Flames started to heat up, increasing their lead 14-0 against Jacksonville .That quickly turned into 31-0 in the second half and then 38-0.
"Our defense continues to play lights out. A whole different type of offensive scheme and they played extremely well," Gill said.
Liberty dominated from start to finish on both side of the ball. Liberty beat Jacksonville 55-7.
"Definitely this week we focused a lot on stopping the options and the fits we had to make," Liberty freshman safety Brandon Tillmon said. "D-line really gave a great push. And linebackers were able to run sideline to sideline ... they allowed the safeties just to run the alleys and just ... clean everything up."
It was a dominating performance by the Liberty Flames tonight.
"That redshirt season is very tough but when you actually get on the field and you actually get a chance to contribute to your team, in an actual game it makes it all worth it. It makes the struggle that you go through and the daily grind ... all worth it," Liberty redshirt freshman running back Frankie Hickson said.
Next week the Liberty Flames will face their second FBS opponent in three weeks. Liberty will travel down to Texas to face the Southern Methodist Mustangs.