Liberty defeats Louisiana-Monroe 40-7 in special teams showing

With the win, Liberty improves to 4-0 for the first time since opening the 2008 season with six straight wins

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty scored three special-teams touchdowns and held ULM below 200 yards of total offense in a dominant 40-7 victory, Saturday at Williams Stadium to cap off Hall of Fame Weekend.

With the win, Liberty improves to 4-0 for the first time since opening the 2008 season with six straight wins. The Flames pushed their overall winning streak to a program FBS-era-record six games while winning at home for the eighth straight game. Sun Belt member ULM falls to 0-5 on the season. Liberty became the second 4-0 team in FBS football this season, as only SMU beat the Flames to four wins this year.

During the game, Liberty Athletics honored its 12th Athletics Hall of Fame class. The six-member class included Larry Blair II (men’s basketball), Henry Elliott (men’s track & field), Andrea [Wildrick] Hampson (women’s track & field), Morgan Hout (football head coach), Samuel Johnson (men’s soccer) and Jeff Mincey (baseball).

Malik Willis passed for 177 yards and rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown in his return to the lineup after missing late week’s win over North Alabama. Peytton Pickett also scored a rushing touchdown, while Treon Sibley (fumble recovery in end zone), Chancellor Smith (blocked punt recovery for TD) and Demario Douglas (punt return TD) all scored special-teams touchdowns.

Liberty stifled a ULM passing attack that came into the game averaging 265 yards per game. The Warhawks managed just 120 passing yards, while the Flames outgained ULM 400-198.

For the game, Liberty totaled twice as many first downs as the visitors (20-10), with four of ULM’s first downs coming in the fourth quarter.

Box Score Highlights:

Final Score: 40-7 LibertyULM (0-5)Liberty (4-0)Location: Williams Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)Attendance: 1,000