NCAAF Game Recap - Liberty at Western Kentucky
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Cit
0
Clem
49
F
SoFL
0
ND
52
F
Tuls
7
OkSt
16
F
APSU
20
Cin
55
F
UCF
49
GATec
21
F
MiaFL
47
Lou
34
F
ULLaf
34
GASt
31
F OT
App
7
Marsh
17
F
Syr
10
Pitt
21
F
Camp
21
CoCar
43
F
BC
26
Duke
6
F
Lib
30
W Ky
24
F
Navy
27
Tul
24
F
SFA
10
UTSA
24
F
Troy
47
MidTN
14
F
SMU
65
NorTx
35
F
TxSt
38
ULMon
17
F
LaTec
31
SMiss
30
F
Wake
42
NCSt
45
F
Abil
13
UTEP
17
F

Sep 19, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Liberty (1-0)

10

7

7

6

30

Western Kentucky (0-2)

0

10

7

7

24

Willis scores 3 TDs in his Liberty debut, Flames win 30-24
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:42 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Malik Willis rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns in his Liberty debut as the Flames opened their season with a 30-24 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.

Willis, a backup quarterback at Auburn for two seasons before transferring and sitting out last year, ran for two short touchdowns in the first half and added an 18-yard run early in the fourth quarter for a 30-17 lead. He had 21 carries and threw for 133 yards on 13-of-21 passing.

Tyrrell Pigrome, a grad transfer from Maryland where he started seven games over four years, threw three touchdown passes, including a 36-yard score to Craig Burt Jr. to get the Hilltoppers (0-2) within 30-24 with three minutes left. Liberty, however, was able to run out the clock. Pigrome finished 18-of-25 passing for 193 yards.

The Flames snapped a 14-all tie late in the third quarter when Shedro Louis sped around the left side for a 29-yard score. Willis started the 85-yard drive with a 51-yard run. Joshua Mack added 100 yards rushing on 23 carries with Liberty finishing with 354 yards on the ground.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, attendance was restricted to 20 percent of the 22,113-seat stadium with fans required to wear masks.

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Passing

Lib Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Willis 21 13 61.9 0 133 32 0 80.1
W Ky Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Pigrome 25 18 72.0 3 193 36 0 133.8

Rushing

Lib Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Willis 21 168 8.0 51 3
J. Mack 23 100 4.3 26 0
W Ky Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Pigrome 14 62 4.4 21 0
G. Walker 11 34 3.1 13 0

Receiving

Lib Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Yarbrough 2 53 26.5 32 0
K. Shaa 3 22 7.3 9 0
W Ky Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Tinsley 6 69 11.5 23 1
C. Burt Jr. 2 45 22.5 36 1

Fumbles

Lib F FL
M. Willis 1 0
W Ky F FL
T. Pigrome 1 0

Returning

Lib KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Douglas 0 - 0 0 2 11.5 0 17
S. Louis 2 29.0 0 34 0 - 0 0
W Ky KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Wade 5 14.6 0 24 1 -1.0 0 0

Punting

Lib Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Alves 2 88 44.0 51
W Ky Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Haggerty 5 239 47.8 57

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Lib W Ky
Points For 30 24
Total Yards 487 291
Rushing Yards 354 98
Passing Yards 133 193
Passing Completions / Attempts 13/21 18/25
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/0
First Downs 27 18
Penalties - Yards 8/89 2/19
Time Of Possession 59:59 1:01
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 3/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/4 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 2/44 5/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Lib W Ky
Lib 3:33 TD Malik Willis 4 yd run (Alex Barbir kick) 7 0
Lib 9:39 FG Alex Barbir 24 yd FG 10 0
2nd Quarter Lib W Ky
W Ky 0:04 FG Brayden Narveson 43 yd FG 10 3
Lib 4:45 TD Malik Willis 4 yd run (Alex Barbir kick) 17 3
W Ky 8:45 TD Mitchell Tinsley 6 yd pass from Tyrrell Pigrome (Brayden Narveson kick) 17 10
3rd Quarter Lib W Ky
W Ky 4:04 TD Dalvin Smith 24 yd pass from Tyrrell Pigrome (Brayden Narveson kick) 17 17
Lib 13:27 TD Shedro Louis 29 yd run (Alex Barbir kick) 24 17
4th Quarter Lib W Ky
Lib 3:17 TD Malik Willis 18 yd run (missed kick) 30 17
W Ky 11:56 TD Craig Burt Jr. 36 yd pass from Tyrrell Pigrome (Brayden Narveson kick) 30 24

Game Information

Stadium: Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Attendance: 4,276
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