Gridders face Liberty

After last week’s thrilling 27-26 win over Purdue, the football team finds itself in between high profile games.

With a showdown against Ohio State in Columbus on the horizon, the Falcons will look to maintain their focus tomorrow evening against Liberty, a team that was handled by Mid-American Conference rival Toledo, 49-3, last week.

Falcons head coach Gregg Brandon said he wasn’t concerned about a possible let down against Liberty.

“It’s pretty easy; you have to show up every week and play,” Brandon said. “If we play with a full speed and limit our errors, we’ll win.”

Brandon said there is reason not to overlook Liberty.

“They’ve got some guys that can do some damage, Brandon said. … We need to look at Liberty and not beyond them.”

In two losses this season, the Flames have been outscored by their opponents 97-15. The team’s most impressive player on offense may be fullback Dre Barnes, who has rushed for a total of 158 yards in the two games.

At quarterback, Gus Condon has started both games for Liberty and is averaging 118 yards passing. He has thrown two interceptions this season.

Defense has been a major problem through Liberty’s first two games, as the defense has yielded a combined 1,065 yards.

Josh Harris said that the Falcons offense will not take the Flames lightly.

“You can’t look past anybody,” Harris said. I’m not thinking about 3-0 because we are not 3-0.”

Harris will be looking for his third consecutive strong game tomorrow night against the Flames. Through two games, Harris has thrown for 622 yards and rushed for 63.

So far the Falcons’ defense has been impressive this season, limiting Eastern Kentucky to just 13 points, and coming up with some key defensive stops in the win over Purdue.

BG’s defensive line has been strong in particular early on, getting three sacks the first week of the season against Eastern Kentucky, and then helping to hold the Boilermakers to under 100 yards rushing in last week’s game.

BG defensive lineman Matt Leininger said it’s important for the line to continue its success.

The defensive line always needs to improve because it’s the youngest of the group,” Leininger said. “But we’re starting to come together.”

The game against Liberty begins tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Doyt Perry Stadium.