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Liberty 30, Western Kentucky 24

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. 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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  Liberty Western Kentucky
First downs 27 18
  Rushing 20 6
  Passing 6 9
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 3-10, 30%
4th down efficiency 3-4, 75% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 58-354 28-98
Passing Yards 133 193
Return Yards 91 72
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-21-0 18-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--7 0-0
Punts 2 5
Punts-Average 44 47.8
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-89 2-19
Time of Possession 34:59 25:01
Liberty Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Willis 13 21 133 0 0
Western Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Pigrome 18 25 193 3 0
Liberty Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Willis 21 168 8.0 3
J. Mack 23 100 4.3 0
P. Pickett 8 52 6.5 0
S. Louis 4 41 10.3 1
D. Douglas 1 2 2.0 0
Western Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Pigrome 14 62 4.4 0
G. Walker 11 34 3.1 0
M. Staples 1 2 2.0 0
N. Whittington 2 0 0.0 0
Liberty Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Yarbrough 2 53 26.5 0
K. Shaa 3 22 7.3 0
D. Stubbs 2 21 10.5 0
J. Jackson 1 15 15.0 0
B. Brumm 2 10 5.0 0
J. Lofton 1 8 8.0 0
C. Barrett 1 5 5.0 0
J. Mack 1 -1 -1.0 0
Western Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Tinsley 6 69 11.5 1
C. Burt Jr. 2 45 22.5 1
J. Pearson 4 29 7.3 0
D. Smith 2 26 13.0 1
J. Simon 2 19 9.5 0
X. Lane 2 5 2.5 0
Liberty Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Western Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Liberty Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Alves 2 88 44.0
Western Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Haggerty 5 239 47.8
Liberty Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Douglas 2 23 11.5
Western Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Wade 1 -1 -1.0
Liberty Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Louis 2 58 29.0
M. Bollinger 1 10 10.0
Western Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Wade 5 73 14.6
Liberty Missed FG
Player Length
A. Barbir 42
Western Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length


4th Quarter
3rd&8 at WestKy 42 TEAM rush to Lib49 for -9 yards
3rd&8 at WestKy 42 Liberty Flames timeout.
2nd&8 at WestKy 42 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy42 for no gain
2nd&8 at WestKy 42 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers timeout.
1st&10 at WestKy 44 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy42 for 2 yards
2nd&5 at Lib 44 Malik Willis rush to WestKy44 for 12 yards
1st&10 at Lib 39 Joshua Mack rush to Lib44 for 5 yards
3rd&1 at Lib 38 Joshua Mack rush to Lib39 for 1 yard
3rd&1 at Lib 38 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers timeout.
2nd&7 at Lib 32 Joshua Mack rush to Lib38 for 6 yards
2nd&7 at Lib 32 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers timeout.
1st&10 at Lib 29 (3:04) Joshua Mack rush to Lib32 for 3 yards
Kickoff Cory Munson kicks 46 yards from WestKy35 to Lib19, Michael Bollinger returns to Lib29 for 10 yards
Extra Point AttemptLib 30-24 Brayden Narveson extra point is GOOD.
2nd&10 at Lib 36Lib 30-23 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Craig Burt Jr. for 36 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Lib 36 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to Lib36 for no gain
2nd&9 at WestKy 46 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Mitchell Tinsley to Lib36 for 18 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 45 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy46 for 1 yard
Penalty Lib-PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
1st&10 at WestKy 30 Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Jahcour Pearson
4th&2 at WestKy 21 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy30 for 9 yards
3rd&10 at WestKy 13 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy21 for 8 yards
2nd&16 at WestKy 7 Noah Whittington rush to WestKy13 for 6 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 13 (6:45) Noah Whittington rush to WestKy7 for -6 yards
4th&3 at WestKy 50 Aidan Alves punts 37 yards to WestKy13, Dayton Wade Fair Catch
3rd&5 at Lib 48 Demario Douglas rush to WestKy50 for 2 yards
2nd&8 at Lib 45 Malik Willis rush to Lib48 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Lib 43 Shedro Louis rush to Lib45 for 2 yards
2nd&4 at Lib 38 Malik Willis rush to Lib43 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Lib 32 (10:15) Malik Willis rush to Lib38 for 6 yards
4th&7 at WestKy 28 John Haggerty punts 57 yards to Lib15, Demario Douglas returns to Lib32 for 17 yards
3rd&7 at WestKy 28 Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Joshua Simon
2nd&8 at WestKy 27 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Joshua Simon to WestKy28 for 1 yard
1st&10 at WestKy 25 (11:43) Gaej Walker rush to WestKy27 for 2 yards
Kickoff Alex Barbir kicks 57 yards from Lib35 to WestKy8, Dayton Wade Fair Catch
Extra Point Attempt Alex Barbir extra point is MISSED.
2nd&10 at WestKy 18Lib 30-17 Malik Willis rush for 18 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at WestKy 18 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy18 for no gain
2nd&1 at WestKy 20 Malik Willis rush to WestKy18 for 2 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 29 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy20 for 9 yards
2nd&8 at Lib 45 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy29 for 26 yards
1st&15 at Lib 38 Malik Willis pass to Brody Brumm to Lib45 for 7 yards
1st&10 at Lib 43 (15:00) Lib-PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
3rd Quarter
4th&18 at WestKy 8 John Haggerty punts 55 yards to Lib37, Demario Douglas returns to Lib43 for 6 yards
3rd&18 at WestKy 8 Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Malik Staples
2nd&18 at WestKy 8 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy8 for no gain
1st&10 at WestKy 16 (1:33) Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy8 for -8 yards. Tyrrell Pigrome FUMBLES, recovered at WestKy8 by Tyrrell Pigrome RETURNED for 0 yards.
Kickoff Alex Barbir kicks 63 yards from Lib35 to WestKy2, Dayton Wade returns to WestKy16 for 14 yards
Extra Point AttemptLib 24-17 Alex Barbir extra point is GOOD.
1st&15 at WestKy 29Lib 23-17 Shedro Louis rush for 29 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at WestKy 24 Lib-PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&4 at WestKy 28 Shedro Louis rush to WestKy24 for 4 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 34 Shedro Louis rush to WestKy28 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Lib 15 (3:16) Malik Willis rush to WestKy34 for 51 yards
4th&1 at WestKy 42 John Haggerty punts 43 yards to Lib15, Downed
3rd&5 at WestKy 38 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Xavier Lane to WestKy42 for 4 yards
2nd&9 at WestKy 34 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Jahcour Pearson to WestKy38 for 4 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 33 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Xavier Lane to WestKy34 for 1 yard
Penalty Lib-PENALIZED 15 yards for Personal Foul
1st&10 at WestKy 17 (5:30) Gaej Walker rush to WestKy18 for 1 yard
4th&3 at WestKy 19 Malik Willis rush to WestKy17 for 2 yards
3rd&3 at WestKy 19 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy19 for no gain
2nd&5 at WestKy 21 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy19 for 2 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 26 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy21 for 5 yards
3rd&4 at WestKy 31 Malik Willis pass to Chris Barrett to WestKy26 for 5 yards
2nd&4 at WestKy 31 Malik Willis rush to WestKy31 for no gain
1st&10 at WestKy 37 Malik Willis pass to Kevin Shaa to WestKy31 for 6 yards
2nd&5 at WestKy 47 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy37 for 10 yards
1st&10 at Lib 48 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy47 for 5 yards
3rd&3 at Lib 43 Joshua Mack rush to Lib48 for 5 yards
2nd&3 at Lib 43 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for Joshua Mack
1st&10 at Lib 36 (10:56) Malik Willis pass to Kevin Shaa to Lib43 for 7 yards
Kickoff Cory Munson kicks 63 yards from WestKy35 to Lib2, Shedro Louis returns to Lib36 for 34 yards
Extra Point AttemptTied 17-17 Brayden Narveson extra point is GOOD.
2nd&8 at Lib 24Lib 17-16 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Dalvin Smith for 24 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Lib 26 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Dalvin Smith to Lib24 for 2 yards
2nd&1 at Lib 28 Malik Staples rush to Lib26 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Lib 37 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Craig Burt Jr. to Lib28 for 9 yards
2nd&6 at WestKy 42 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to Lib37 for 21 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 38 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy42 for 4 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 21 (13:56) Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Mitchell Tinsley to WestKy38 for 17 yards
4th&8 at Lib 27 Aidan Alves punts 51 yards to WestKy22, Dayton Wade returns to WestKy21 for -1 yards
3rd&8 at Lib 27 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for Brody Brumm
2nd&8 at Lib 27 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for Kevin Shaa
1st&10 at Lib 25 (15:00) Joshua Mack rush to Lib27 for 2 yards
Kickoff Cory Munson kicks 64 yards from WestKy35 to Lib1, Shedro Louis returns to Lib25 for 24 yards
2nd Quarter
3rd&1 at WestKy 33 Gaej Walker rush to WestKy42 for 9 yards
2nd&10 at WestKy 24 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy33 for 9 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 24 (0:39) Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Dayton Wade
4th&14 at WestKy 24 Alex Barbir 42 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&22 at WestKy 32 Malik Willis pass to Jaivian Lofton to WestKy24 for 8 yards
3rd&22 at WestKy 32 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers timeout.
2nd&21 at WestKy 31 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy32 for -1 yards
Penalty Lib-PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
1st&10 at WestKy 20 Malik Willis pass to Joshua Mack to WestKy21 for -1 yards
2nd&1 at WestKy 34 Malik Willis rush to WestKy20 for 14 yards. Malik Willis FUMBLES (FF-Omari Alexander), recovered at WestKy20 by Jacob Bodden RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at WestKy 43 Malik Willis rush to WestKy34 for 9 yards
2nd&5 at WestKy 48 Peytton Pickett rush to WestKy43 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Lib 47 Peytton Pickett rush to WestKy48 for 5 yards
4th&1 at Lib 44 Peytton Pickett rush to Lib47 for 3 yards
4th&1 at Lib 44 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers timeout.
3rd&17 at Lib 28 Malik Willis rush to Lib44 for 16 yards
3rd&17 at Lib 28 Liberty Flames timeout.
2nd&10 at Lib 35 Malik Willis sacked at Lib28 for -7 yards
1st&10 at Lib 35 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for CJ Yarbrough
1st&10 at Lib 25 (6:15) Peytton Pickett rush to Lib35 for 10 yards
Kickoff Cory Munson kicks 65 yards from WestKy35 to Lib0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptLib 17-10 Brayden Narveson extra point is GOOD.
2nd&5 at Lib 6Lib 17-9 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Mitchell Tinsley for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Lib 11 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Jahcour Pearson to Lib6 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Lib 29 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Joshua Simon to Lib11 for 18 yards
Penalty Lib-PENALIZED 15 yards for Face Mask
1st&10 at Lib 48 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to Lib44 for 4 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 39 Gaej Walker rush to Lib48 for 13 yards
3rd&6 at WestKy 16 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Mitchell Tinsley to WestKy39 for 23 yards
3rd&6 at WestKy 16 Liberty Flames timeout.
2nd&12 at WestKy 10 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Mitchell Tinsley to WestKy16 for 6 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 12 (10:15) Gaej Walker rush to WestKy10 for -2 yards
Penalty WestKy-PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
Kickoff Alex Barbir kicks 57 yards from Lib35 to WestKy8, Dayton Wade returns to WestKy22 for 14 yards
Extra Point AttemptLib 17-3 Alex Barbir extra point is GOOD.
2nd&4 at WestKy 4Lib 16-3 Malik Willis rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&6 at WestKy 6 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy4 for 2 yards
4th&1 at WestKy 9 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy6 for 3 yards
4th&1 at WestKy 9 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers timeout.
3rd&3 at WestKy 11 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy9 for 2 yards
2nd&3 at WestKy 11 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for Kevin Shaa
1st&10 at WestKy 18 Malik Willis rush to WestKy11 for 7 yards
Penalty WestKy-Roger Cray PENALIZED 9 yards for Pass Interference
3rd&9 at WestKy 36 Malik Willis pass to Kevin Shaa to WestKy27 for 9 yards
2nd&15 at WestKy 42 Malik Willis rush to WestKy36 for 6 yards
Penalty Lib-Maisen Knight PENALIZED -9 yards for Holding
1st&10 at WestKy 37 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy33 for 4 yards
2nd&3 at Lib 42 Malik Willis pass to CJ Yarbrough to WestKy37 for 21 yards
1st&10 at Lib 35 (14:56) Joshua Mack rush to Lib42 for 7 yards
Kickoff Dionte Ruffin kicks 54 yards from WestKy35 to Lib11, Out of Bounds
4th&3 at Lib 25Lib 10-3 Brayden Narveson 43 yard field goal is GOOD.
1st Quarter
3rd&10 at Lib 32 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to Lib25 for 7 yards
2nd&10 at Lib 32 Gaej Walker rush to Lib32 for no gain
1st&10 at Lib 32 Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Xavier Lane
2nd&3 at Lib 36 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Jahcour Pearson to Lib32 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Lib 43 Gaej Walker rush to Lib36 for 7 yards
3rd&11 at WestKy 41 Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Jahcour Pearson to Lib43 for 16 yards
2nd&11 at WestKy 41 Gaej Walker rush to WestKy41 for no gain
1st&10 at WestKy 42 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy41 for -1 yards
2nd&3 at WestKy 35 Gaej Walker rush to WestKy42 for 7 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 28 (5:21) Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy35 for 7 yards
Penalty Lib-PENALIZED 15 yards for Face Mask
Kickoff Alex Barbir kicks 56 yards from Lib35 to WestKy9, Dayton Wade returns to WestKy13 for 4 yards
4th&6 at WestKy 6Lib 10-0 Alex Barbir 24 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&6 at WestKy 6 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for CJ Daniels
2nd&9 at WestKy 9 Malik Willis pass to Brody Brumm to WestKy6 for 3 yards
1st&8 at WestKy 8 Malik Willis rush to WestKy9 for -1 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 22 Peytton Pickett rush to WestKy8 for 14 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 37 Malik Willis pass to Jerome Jackson to WestKy22 for 15 yards
4th&1 at WestKy 40 Malik Willis rush to WestKy37 for 3 yards
3rd&1 at WestKy 40 Peytton Pickett rush to WestKy40 for no gain
2nd&1 at WestKy 40 Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for Kevin Shaa
1st&10 at WestKy 49 Malik Willis pass to DJ Stubbs to WestKy40 for 9 yards
1st&10 at Lib 39 Peytton Pickett rush to WestKy49 for 12 yards
3rd&7 at Lib 27 Malik Willis rush to Lib39 for 12 yards
2nd&10 at Lib 24 Peytton Pickett rush to Lib27 for 3 yards
1st&10 at Lib 24 (9:57) Malik Willis incomplete pass intended for CJ Yarbrough
4th&6 at WestKy 27 John Haggerty punts 49 yards to Lib24, Demario Douglas Fair Catch
3rd&6 at WestKy 27 Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Craig Burt Jr.
2nd&7 at WestKy 26 Tyrrell Pigrome rush to WestKy27 for 1 yard
1st&10 at WestKy 23 (11:27) Gaej Walker rush to WestKy26 for 3 yards
Kickoff Alex Barbir kicks 59 yards from Lib35 to WestKy6, Dayton Wade returns to WestKy23 for 17 yards
Extra Point AttemptLib 7-0 Alex Barbir extra point is GOOD.
2nd&4 at WestKy 4Lib 6-0 Malik Willis rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&6 at WestKy 6 Joshua Mack rush to WestKy4 for 2 yards
2nd&8 at WestKy 38 Malik Willis pass to CJ Yarbrough to WestKy6 for 32 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 40 Malik Willis rush to WestKy38 for 2 yards
1st&10 at Lib 48 (13:29) Malik Willis pass to DJ Stubbs to WestKy40 for 12 yards
4th&17 at WestKy 17 John Haggerty punts 35 yards to Lib48, Out of Bounds
3rd&17 at WestKy 17 Tyrrell Pigrome incomplete pass intended for Jahcour Pearson
2nd&11 at WestKy 23 Gaej Walker rush to WestKy17 for -6 yards
1st&10 at WestKy 24 (15:00) Tyrrell Pigrome pass to Mitchell Tinsley to WestKy23 for -1 yards
Kickoff Alex Barbir kicks 65 yards from Lib35 to WestKy0, Dayton Wade returns to WestKy24 for 24 yards

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September 19, 2020


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