LYNCHBURG, Va. – Saturday night they took and ‘L’, but Friday afternoon the goal is to bounce back.
“Honestly the whole team just wants to do well and get back in the win column,” said Flames offensive lineman Tristan Schultz.
After experiencing their first taste of defeat this season at NC State, Liberty is using that as learning lesson to motivate them as the prep for UMass.
“This is a critical week for us to manage not only getting ready schematically for an opponent but also making sure we get our kids as fresh and as healthy as can be on a short week,” said head coach Hugh Freeze.
The Minutemen come to Lynchburg winless but their defense has played differently from what the Flames have seen in recent matchups.
“They’re doing some good things, playing a lot of good man coverage, they’re athletic and have a lot of good transfers there so we’ve got to get ready to play and score some points,” Freeze said.
“I feel like we just have to be us and not hurt ourselves. I feel like we hurt ourselves a couple times last game,” said Flames wide receiver DJ Stubbs.
While the Flames overall winning streak was snapped at 10, a win on Friday would keep them perfect at home at 11-0—as they aim to make a statement.
“This game is very important to us and we’re going to come out and make a statement and get back on track and show what we’re about and what we have been about this entire season leading up to last week,” said Flames linebacker Anthony Butler.