BC's offense not enough to upset Liberty, loses 56-31

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Brevard offense amassed 425 total yards, including 392 on the ground, against NCAA Division I opponent Liberty University on Saturday Night, but it was not enough for the Tornados to pull off the upset as Brevard fell to the Flames 56-31 at Arthur L. Williams Stadium in front of a crowd of 15,755. The Tornados fall to 0-2 while the Flames improve to 2-1 on the year.

Jordan Ollis led the Tornado offense with 165 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 32 touches while quarterback, Tanner Wright had 22 rushing attempts with 103 yards and a score on the seven touches on the ground for 36 yards.  Kelvin Jeter rushed the ball 13 times and had 76 yards.

BC defense was led by Jack Woerner who had six tackles on the day. Modzelle Atkins, Jeremy Chandler and Shed Pate each had five tackles. Michael Gruber came within one tackle of tying the schools’ career record with four tackles on the day. He now has 293 and the record is 294.

Liberty’s offense was led by Josh Woodrum who had 327 yards on 14 of 16 throwing with four touchdowns through the air. D.J. Abnar led the rushing attack with 161 yards on 13 attempts and two touchdowns.

BC was able to come within 11 points half way through the third quarter to make the score 35-24 before Liberty went on to score three touchdowns more touchdowns.
Liberty scored on its first three drives of the game as a result of two lost fumbles by BC, but then the Tornados went score for score on two successful drives to make it a two touchdown game.  The flames led 21-0 before BC score on a two yard rush by Ollis to cap off a 14 play, 78 yard drive that took 7:33 of game time to make it 21-7. The Flames went up 28-7 on a 65 yard touchdown run by Zac parker that took 11 seconds.

On the Tornados next drive, the offense picked up a quick first down on the second play of the drive on a nine yard rush by Wright. On a fourth and two, BC elected to go for it and was able to get enough for the first down plus gained 15 yards on an unsportsmanlike penalty on Liberty to bring the ball to the Flames 34. Two plays later, Ollis ran up the middle for a 14 yard gain to pick up the third first down of the drive. Ollis scored four plays later to cap a 12 play, 75 yard drive to cut the lead in half, 28-14.

Liberty answered back with a second rushing touchdown by Abner to make it 35-14. BC was able to get field goal before the half ended. The key play on the drive was a 27 yard pass from Wright to Overholt to gain a first down. The Tornados couldn’t move the ball much further and Alex Noboa kicked a 42 yard field goal to make it 35-17 to close the half.

Starting from their own 25, the Tornados used up 7:08 of game time to come within 11 points of Liberty. After picking up three first downs, including a 20 yard run by Jeter, Wright scored on a 5 yard draw to make it 35-24 with 7:52 remaining in the third. 
Liberty then went on to outscore BC 21-7 for the remainder of the game to bring the final score to 56-31.

The Tornados return to action next week for their home opener on Saturday, September 20th as they host Carson-Newman in Brevard, North Carolina. The game is the first South Atlantic Conference game for BC of the season.

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