Suspect penalty helps Wildcats beat Liberty

By Jimmy Kirby
Courier Sports

BLACKSBURG — The Liberty Red Devils season came to an end with a sting that they won’t forget for quite a while.

After building a 10-0 first-quarter lead, Blacksburg ran off 24 unanswered points before the Red Devils came storming back in the fourth quarter, only to fall short by the score of 24-17.

Rather than have the thrill of victory, the Red Devils felt the sting of defeat. The sting came from a fourth-quarter touchdown with just more than two minutes remaining in the game that could have tied the score at 24-24. The touchdown was called back due to a chop block penalty that was incorrectly called against the Red Devils.

It was one of several calls that went against the Red Devils that they could not contain defensively, or generate enough offense to overcome the questionable calls.

In a weekend that saw less-than-classy comments from the likes of N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren after a loss to Clemson, the Liberty football program and coach Kyle Stewart deserve credit for taking responsibility in the loss against Blacksburg.

“We can’t leave the game to be determined by someone else,” Stewart said after the game.

He was speaking in response to how his own team played

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