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Liberty 42, Middle Tennessee 13

Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Malik Willis threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, Joshua Mack rushed for 91 yards and Liberty defeated Middle Tennessee 42-13

The Flames (5-1), an FCS independent, featured a balanced offense, running for 227 yards to go with Willis' passing numbers. They outgained their Conference USA opponent 449-265.

Willis' touchdowns both came in the first quarter - 35 yards to Demario Douglas and five yards to Jerome Jackson. T.J. Green added a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter and the Flames led 21-0.

Chase Cunningham then threw a short touchdown pass to get the Blue Raiders (2-4) on the board. His second TD, midway through the third kept Middle Tennessee close, but briefly, as Liberty pulled away with short TD runs by Mack and Willis.

Cunningham threw for 230 yards but the Blue Raiders had only 35 yards on the ground.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MiddTnLib
Lib TD 10:59 Demario Douglas 35 yd pass from Malik Willis (Brayden Beck kick) 0 7
Lib TD 0:13 Jerome Jackson 5 yd pass from Malik Willis (Brayden Beck kick) 0 14
Second Quarter MiddTnLib
Lib TD 6:55 T.J Green 1 yd run (Brayden Beck kick) 0 21
MiddTn TD 2:56 Jimmy Marshall 6 yd pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin kick) 7 21
Lib FG 0:40 Brayden Beck 37 yd FG 7 24
Third Quarter MiddTnLib
Lib SF 12:05 Team safety 7 26
MiddTn TD 8:07 Jarrin Pierce 31 yd pass from Chase Cunningham (failed 2pt pass) 13 26
Lib TD 3:25 Joshua Mack 2 yd run (Brody Brumm 2pt pass from Malik Willis) 13 34
Fourth Quarter MiddTnLib
Lib TD 4:17 Malik Willis 1 yd run (Brayden Beck kick) 13 41
Team Stats
  Middle Tennessee Liberty
First downs 12 22
  Rushing 3 12
  Passing 8 10
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-4, 25% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 21-35 42-227
Passing Yards 230 222
Return Yards 93 66
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-42-1 17-30-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--19 3--16
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 32.8 38.5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-37 7-62
Time of Possession 24:48 35:12
Middle Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Cunningham 22 42 230 2 1
Liberty Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Willis 17 30 222 2 3
Middle Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Mobley 4 8 2.0 0
B. Anderson 3 7 2.3 0
F. Peasant 3 5 1.7 0
D. England-Chisolm 1 5 5.0 0
C. Cunningham 6 4 0.7 0
M. Pettaway 3 4 1.3 0
M. DiLiello 1 2 2.0 0
Liberty Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Mack 14 91 6.5 1
M. Willis 16 80 5.0 1
T. Green 4 30 7.5 1
S. Louis 5 22 4.4 0
R. Williams 1 3 3.0 0
F. Boyd 1 1 1.0 0
T. Staples 1 0 0.0 0
Middle Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Marshall 7 77 11.0 1
J. Pierce 4 57 14.3 1
C. Windham 3 32 10.7 0
Y. Ali 3 26 8.7 0
J. Lane 1 19 19.0 0
I. Gathings 1 10 10.0 0
D. England-Chisolm 1 9 9.0 0
C. Mobley 2 0 0.0
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Liberty Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Douglas 6 156 26.0 1
C. Daniels 1 22 22.0 0
K. Shaa 2 12 6.0 0
T. Green 1 11 11.0 0
J. Jackson 2 8 4.0 1
D. Stubbs 2 8 4.0 0
S. Louis 3 5 1.7 0
Middle Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Patterson 1 33
D. Thomas 1 0
G. Grate 1 0
Liberty Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Rahimi 1 0
Middle Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ulbrich 5 164 32.8
Liberty Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Morgan 4 154 38.5
Middle Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lane 1 1 1.0
Liberty Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Douglas 2 8 4.0
Middle Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lane 2 52 26.0
F. Peasant 1 7 7.0
Liberty Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Louis 2 38 19.0
T. Green 1 20 20.0
Middle Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
Liberty Missed FG
Player Length




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