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Liberty Flames vs. NC State Wolfpack Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

Liberty Flames vs. NC State Wolfpack Recap NOV 21TH 2020

Zonovan Knight scored on a pair of touchdown runs and North Carolina State used a late blocked field goal to pull out a 15-14 victory and end No. 21 Liberty's bid for an undefeated season Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

N.C. State's Vi Jones blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt from Alex Barbir with 1:18 remaining to preserve the lead. Knight tallied the go-ahead score on a 4-yard play with 6:53 remaining in the game.

Liberty (8-1), which was trying to conquer its third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent of the season, had a 10-game winning streak dating to last season. The Flames ended one victory shy of tying the school record.

The Flames began the potential winning drive on their own 8-yard line.

Liberty quarterback Malik Willis was 13-for-32 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Knight rushed for 96 yards on 14 carries.

Bailey Hockman was 14-for-27 for 154 yards and one interception for the Wolfpack (6-3), who were playing their lone nonconference game of the season. N.C. State is 2-3 vs. ranked opponents this year.

State freshman Aydan White made his first career interception on a diving pick to give the Wolfpack the ball at the Liberty 26-yard line in the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack converted, including a third-down pick-up on Hockman's scramble, en route to taking the lead for the first time in the second half.

After Knight's run put N.C. State on top, a two-point conversion play failed.

N.C. State was held to 110 yards of total offense in the second half after posting 210 in the first half. The Wolfpack overcame a season-high 123 penalty yards.

Liberty went up 14-7 before N.C. State's first points of the second half came on a safety. Linebacker Isaiah Moore made a tackle of running back Peytton Pickett in the end zone on Liberty's first snap after a punt pinned the Flames at their own 3-yard line.

It was N.C. State's first safety in 10 years.

Willis was 4-for-13 through the air in the first half, but his 12-yard toss to Noah Frith with 19 seconds remaining before halftime allowed the Flames to pull even.

Liberty maintained the momentum by taking the lead in the third quarter on Willis' 6-yard pass to Jerome Jackson.

Knight opened the scoring on a 19-yard run in the second quarter.

Willis had gone the previous four games without throwing an interception.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 90% L 10%
9 1
  • @NC State L 14 - 15
  • Western Carolina W 14 - 58
  • @Virginia Tech W 38 - 35
  • Southern Miss W 35 - 56
  • @Syracuse W 38 - 21
  • UL Monroe W 7 - 40
  • North Alabama W 7 - 28
  • Florida International W 34 - 36
  • @Western Kentucky W 30 - 24
  • @Georgia Southern W 23 - 16
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Liberty W 14 - 15
  • Florida State W 22 - 38
  • Miami L 44 - 41
  • @North Carolina L 21 - 48
  • Duke W 20 - 31
  • @Virginia W 38 - 21
  • @Pittsburgh W 30 - 29
  • @Virginia Tech L 24 - 45
  • Wake Forest W 42 - 45
  • North Carolina L 41 - 10

Next Games

  • Massachusetts(12-31-69)
  • @Syracuse(10-27-18) L 41 - 51

Last Meetings

  • Flames @ Wolfpack 14-15
  • Flames @ Wolfpack 21-43

Atlantic Coast

AtlanticWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Clemson Tigers71 0.8750.00.00.0 5-02-17-0-1
NC State Wolfpack63 0.6671.50.00.0 4-12-26-0-3
Boston College Eagles54 0.5562.50.00.0 3-22-25-0-4
Wake Forest Demon Deacons43 0.5712.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
Louisville Cardinals36 0.3334.50.00.0 3-20-43-0-6
Florida State Seminoles26 0.2505.00.00.0 2-20-42-0-6
Syracuse Orange18 0.1116.50.00.0 1-40-41-0-8
CoastalWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Miami Hurricanes71 0.8750.00.00.0 4-03-17-0-1
North Carolina Tar Heels62 0.7501.00.00.0 4-02-26-0-2
Pittsburgh Panthers54 0.5562.50.00.0 4-21-25-0-4
Virginia Cavaliers44 0.5003.00.00.0 4-10-34-0-4
Virginia Tech Hokies45 0.4443.50.00.0 2-22-34-0-5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets25 0.2864.50.00.0 1-31-22-0-5
Duke Blue Devils26 0.2505.00.00.0 1-31-32-0-6

Big Ten

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Ohio State Buckeyes40 01.0000.00.00.0 3-01-04-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers41 0.8000.50.00.0 2-02-14-0-1
Maryland Terrapins21 0.6671.50.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Michigan Wolverines23 0.4002.50.00.0 0-22-12-0-3
Michigan State Spartans13 0.2503.00.00.0 0-21-11-0-3
Rutgers Scarlet Knights14 0.2003.50.00.0 0-31-11-0-4
Penn State Nittany Lions05 0.0004.50.00.0 0-30-20-0-5

Conference USA

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Marshall Thundering Herd70 01.0000.00.00.0 5-02-07-0-0
Florida Atlantic Owls51 0.8331.50.00.0 4-01-15-0-1
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers46 0.4004.50.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders36 0.3335.00.00.0 0-33-33-0-6
Charlotte 49ers23 0.4004.00.00.0 1-01-32-0-3
Florida International Panthers05 0.0006.00.00.0 0-30-20-0-5

Mid-American

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bulls30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Kent State Golden Flashes30 01.0000.00.00.0 2-01-03-0-0
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks11 0.5001.50.00.0 1-00-11-0-1
Ohio Bobcats11 0.5001.50.00.0 1-00-11-0-1
Akron Zips03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-10-20-0-3
Bowling Green Falcons03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-20-10-0-3

Southeastern

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Florida Gators61 0.8570.00.00.0 3-03-16-0-1
Georgia Bulldogs52 0.7141.00.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
Missouri Tigers33 0.5002.50.00.0 2-11-23-0-3
Kentucky Wildcats35 0.3753.50.00.0 2-21-33-0-5
Tennessee Volunteers25 0.2864.00.00.0 1-21-32-0-5
South Carolina Gamecocks26 0.2504.50.00.0 1-31-32-0-6
Vanderbilt Commodores07 0.0006.00.00.0 0-40-30-0-7

Sun Belt

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers80 01.0000.00.00.0 5-03-08-0-0
Appalachian State Mountaineers62 0.7502.00.00.0 4-02-26-0-2
Georgia Southern Eagles63 0.6672.50.00.0 5-01-36-0-3
Georgia St. Panthers44 0.5004.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4
Troy Trojans44 0.5004.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4

Mountain West

MountainWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Boise State Broncos41 0.8000.00.00.0 2-12-04-0-1
Air Force Falcons22 0.5001.50.00.0 2-10-12-0-2
Colorado State Rams12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Wyoming Cowboys12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Utah State Aggies04 0.0003.50.00.0 0-20-20-0-4
New Mexico Lobos04 0.0003.50.00.0 0-10-30-0-4

Pacific-12

NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Oregon Ducks30 01.0000.00.00.0 2-01-03-0-0
Washington Huskies20 01.0000.50.00.0 2-00-02-0-0
Washington State Cougars11 0.5001.50.00.0 0-11-01-0-1
Oregon State Beavers12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-10-11-0-2
California Golden Bears02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-00-20-0-2
Stanford Cardinal02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-10-10-0-2
SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Southern California Trojans30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Colorado Buffaloes20 01.0000.50.00.0 1-01-02-0-0
UCLA Bruins12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Utah Utes01 0.0002.00.00.0 0-10-00-0-1
Arizona State Sun Devils01 0.0002.00.00.0 0-00-10-0-1
Arizona Wildcats02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-10-10-0-2

American Athletic

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Cincinnati Bearcats80 01.0000.00.00.0 6-02-08-0-0
Southern Methodist Mustangs72 0.7781.50.00.0 3-14-17-0-2
Tulsa Golden Hurricane51 0.8332.00.00.0 3-02-15-0-1
Memphis Tigers52 0.7142.50.00.0 5-00-25-0-2
Central Florida Knights53 0.6253.00.00.0 2-23-15-0-3
Tulane Green Wave55 0.5004.00.00.0 2-23-35-0-5
Houston Cougars33 0.5004.00.00.0 2-21-13-0-3
Navy Midshipmen34 0.4294.50.00.0 1-22-23-0-4
East Carolina Pirates26 0.2506.00.00.0 0-32-32-0-6
Temple Owls16 0.1436.50.00.0 1-20-41-0-6
South Florida Bulls17 0.1257.00.00.0 1-20-51-0-7

Big 12

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Oklahoma Sooners62 0.7500.00.00.0 4-12-16-0-2
Iowa State Cyclones62 0.7500.00.00.0 4-12-16-0-2
Oklahoma State Cowboys52 0.7140.50.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
Texas Longhorns52 0.7140.50.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
West Virginia Mountaineers53 0.6251.00.00.0 5-00-35-0-3
Kansas State Wildcats44 0.5002.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4
Texas Christian Horned Frogs34 0.4292.50.00.0 1-32-13-0-4
Texas Tech Red Raiders35 0.3753.00.00.0 3-20-33-0-5
Baylor Bears15 0.1674.00.00.0 1-10-41-0-5
Kansas Jayhawks07 0.0005.50.00.0 0-30-40-0-7

Independents I-A

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Brigham Young Cougars90 01.0000.00.00.0 6-03-09-0-0
Notre Dame Fighting Irish80 01.0000.50.00.0 5-03-08-0-0
Liberty Flames81 0.8891.00.00.0 5-03-18-0-1
Army Black Knights72 0.7782.00.00.0 6-01-27-0-2
Massachusetts Minutemen03 0.0006.00.00.0 0-00-30-0-3

Big Ten

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Northwestern Wildcats50 01.0000.00.00.0 3-02-05-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes32 0.6002.00.00.0 1-12-13-0-2
Wisconsin Badgers21 0.6672.00.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Purdue Boilermakers22 0.5002.50.00.0 1-11-12-0-2
Illinois Fighting Illini23 0.4003.00.00.0 0-22-12-0-3
Minnesota Golden Gophers23 0.4003.00.00.0 1-21-12-0-3
Nebraska Cornhuskers13 0.2503.50.00.0 1-10-21-0-3

Conference USA

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners64 0.6000.00.00.0 4-12-36-0-4
UAB Blazers43 0.5710.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs43 0.5710.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
North Texas Mean Green33 0.5001.00.00.0 2-31-03-0-3
Texas El Paso Miners34 0.4291.50.00.0 2-01-43-0-4
Southern Miss Golden Eagles27 0.2223.50.00.0 1-51-22-0-7
Rice Owls12 0.3331.50.00.0 0-11-11-0-2

Mid-American

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Western Michigan Broncos30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Ball State Cardinals21 0.6671.00.00.0 2-00-12-0-1
Toledo Rockets21 0.6671.00.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Central Michigan Chippewas21 0.6671.00.00.0 1-11-02-0-1
Northern Illinois Huskies03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-20-10-0-3
Eastern Michigan Eagles03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-10-20-0-3

Mountain West

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Nevada Wolf Pack50 01.0000.00.00.0 3-02-05-0-0
San Jose State Spartans40 01.0000.50.00.0 3-01-04-0-0
Fresno State Bulldogs31 0.7501.50.00.0 1-12-03-0-1
San Diego State Aztecs32 0.6002.00.00.0 2-11-13-0-2
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors23 0.4003.00.00.0 1-11-22-0-3
UNLV Rebels04 0.0004.50.00.0 0-20-20-0-4

Southeastern

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Alabama Crimson Tide70 01.0000.00.00.0 4-03-07-0-0
Texas A&M Aggies51 0.8331.50.00.0 3-02-15-0-1
Auburn Tigers52 0.7142.00.00.0 4-01-25-0-2
Louisiana State Tigers33 0.5003.50.00.0 1-12-23-0-3
Mississippi Rebels34 0.4294.00.00.0 1-32-13-0-4
Arkansas Razorbacks35 0.3754.50.00.0 2-21-33-0-5
Mississippi State Bulldogs25 0.2865.00.00.0 1-21-32-0-5

Sun Belt

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns71 0.8750.00.00.0 3-14-07-0-1
Arkansas St. Red Wolves36 0.3334.50.00.0 2-11-53-0-6
South Alabama Jaguars36 0.3334.50.00.0 2-31-33-0-6
Texas State Bobcats29 0.1826.50.00.0 1-41-52-0-8
UL Monroe Warhawks08 0.0007.00.00.0 0-40-40-0-8

Last Injuries

NC State Wolfpack

  • Jasiah Provillon

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Provillon has missed the previous four games due to an undetermined injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take the field Saturday versus Syracuse.

  • Tyrone Riley

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Riley has sat out the last three games due to an unspecified ailment, and it is uncertain if he will play Saturday versus Syracuse.

  • Tanner Ingle

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Ingle has missed the previous three games due to an undefined injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Saturday against Liberty.

  • Timothy McKay

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    McKay has been sidelined for unknown reasons, and it has yet to be seen when he will be activated moving forward.

  • Dylan Autenrieth

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Autenrieth has missed the last two games due to an undefined ailment, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against Liberty.

Liberty Flames

  • Michael Bollinger

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bollinger has sat out the last two games due to an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday versus NC State.

  • Brayden Monday

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Monday has missed the past two games due to an injury to an unlisted location, and it is up in the air if he will face NC State on Saturday.