Lynchburg, VA(WFXR) -The Liberty Flames enter game week fresh off a 30-24 win at Western Kentucky Saturday.
LU’s victory could be credited to their new signal caller Malik Willis. Willis, making his first career start after transferring from Auburn, had a monster game for the Flames, with 133 passing yards and 168 rushing yards and three touchdown rushes on 21 carries.
His 168 rushing yards were the most by a Liberty quarterback in program history. “He really had five plays I really complained about that we gotta get corrected. That hurt us. Out of the 80 or so we had that is a pretty good first outing. His decision making outside of those plays were really really good. That is a good start for him!
1) Liberty (1-0) will face its second straight Conference USA
opponent (FIU – 0-0, 0-0 C-USA) during its 2020 home opener
at Williams Stadium, Saturday at 1pm.
2) After a season-opening 30-24 win at Western Kentucky, the
Flames will look for their first 2-0 start since 2017. Liberty has
won five straight home games and three consecutive contests
overall, dating back to last season. The Flames are 15-2 in their
last 17 home openers.
3) Liberty and FIU will square off for the first time. Both teams
played in bowl games in 2019, with the Flames winning the Cure
Bowl and the Panthers losing the Camellia Bowl.
4) Liberty QB Malik Willis will seek an encore to an outstanding
Flames debut. The Auburn transfer rushed for a Liberty quarterback-record 168 yards and three scores (most by a Liberty
QB since 1979) at WKU, to go along with 133 yards on 13-of-21
5) RB Joshua Mack added 100 rushing yards of his own last
week, moving to within 79 yards of 3,000 for his collegiate
career. As a team, Liberty posted its most rushing yards (354)
since 2012 and its most carries (58) since 2004.
6) The Liberty defense limited WKU to 291 yards of offense,
marking the second straight game the Flames have held an opponent below the 300-yard mark. Georgia Southern managed
only 249 yards during the Cure Bowl.