Scores

Final

Liberty 51

(8-2, 5-0 Big South)

Gardner-Webb 28

(5-5, 2-3 Big South)

1:30 PM ET, November 14, 2009

Ernest W. Spangler Stadium, Boiling Springs, NC

1 2 3 4 T
LIB 14 13 10 1451
WEBB 7 21 0 028

Top Performers

Passing: T. Beecher (LIB) - 337 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: P. Hall (WEBB) - 12 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Brown (LIB) - 10 REC, 198 YDS, 1 TD

Liberty 51, Gardner-Webb 28

Associated Press

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Tommy Beecher threw three touchdown passes and Mike Brown rushed for two scores to help Liberty pull away from Gardner-Webb 51-28 Saturday.

Liberty (8-2, 5-0 Big South Conference) took sole possession of first place in the league following Stony Brook's 30-27 overtime loss to Charleston Southern. Liberty plays at Stony Brook next week.

David Montgomery took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a 7-0 Runnin' Bulldogs lead.

After the first half was tied on three occasions, Liberty took the lead for good at 30-28 on the third of Matt Bevins' three straight field goals with 3:26 left in the third quarter.

Liberty sealed the win with three touchdowns, including Demetrius Ward's 18-yard fumble return.

Beecher was 23-for-32 for 337 yards for the Flames, who had 510 yards of offense.

Stan Doolittle went 25-for-42 for 221 yards and one touchdown for Gardner-Webb (5-5, 2-3).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIB
WEBB
1st Downs2718
Total Yards510372
Passing337221
Rushing173151
Penalties4-317-75
3rd Down Conversions7-135-15
4th Down Conversions1-13-4
Turnovers02
Possession34:2325:37

Passing Leaders

LibertyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Beecher23/3233710.530
Gardner-WebbC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Doolittle25/422215.310

Rushing Leaders

LibertyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown11524.7212
Holloway10454.5019
Gardner-WebbCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hall12988.2166
Doolittle10242.4011

Receiving Leaders

LibertyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown1019819.8180
Summers88710.9125
Gardner-WebbRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perry III66210.3019
Montgomery56212.4143

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLIBWEBB
TD14:40David Montgomery 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Ryan Gates Kick) 07
TD10:34Mike Brown 2 Yd Run (Matt Bevins Kick) 77
TD02:31Mike Brown 1 Yd Run (Matt Bevins Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERLIBWEBB
TD13:53James Perry III 4 Yd Run (Ryan Gates Kick) 1414
TD11:05Thomas Shaver 5 Yd Pass From Tommy Beecher (Matt Bevins Kick) 2114
TD10:37Patrick Hall 66 Yd Run (Ryan Gates Kick) 2121
FG02:59Matt Bevins 33 Yd 2421
TD00:55David Montgomery 43 Yd Pass From Stan Doolittle (Ryan Gates Kick) 2428
FG00:00Matt Bevins 27 Yd 2728
THIRD QUARTERLIBWEBB
FG03:26Matt Bevins 42 Yd 3028
TD00:23Mike Brown 80 Yd Pass From Tommy Beecher (Matt Bevins Kick) 3728
FOURTH QUARTERLIBWEBB
TD09:55Demetrius Ward 18 Yd Fumble Return (Matt Bevins Kick) 4428
TD03:36Chris Summers 25 Yd Pass From Tommy Beecher (Matt Bevins Kick) 5128