Flames get squeezed by Syracuse
Syracuse took advantage of multitude mistakes that LU made on offense. The Flames failed to put points on the board Saturday night when 22 ranked Syracuse rolled into town. LU had chances to score, but mistakes on offense prevented that.
The Flames’ first chance at the Syracuse 20 ended with three plays losing 5 yards, and Alex Probert missed a 43-yard field goal attempt. Liberty’s defense forced its second three-and-out, and the offense used a 56-yard catch-and-run from Gandy-Golden to reach the SU 5 on the ensuing drive. But two plays later, Joshua Mack fumbled at the 3-yard line in his Liberty debut to end the team’s best scoring opportunity.
“We knew coming in that front was the toughest part of the defense. But you know, they got to us quick and some of that stuff is on me,” Calvert said after completing 20 of 39 passes for 234 yards and two interceptions.
“I thought our defense just took a huge step forward from last year in the way they competed. They way that they played tonight, I thought their plan was really good,” Freeze said. “… Outside of a few third downs, the screen game and a couple of penalties, I just thought they played really solid against a top-25 opponent, and really gave us a shot if we had anything offensively to be in the game.”
LU will be home again Sept 14 against Buffalo @ 6pm.