Liberty and East Michigan go head to head in the Lending Tree Bowl


Army quarterback Christian Anderson (4) is knocked out by defensive end Liberty TreShaun Clark (10) and linebacker Storey Jackson (12) during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 27 2021, at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. (Kendall Warner / The News & Advance via AP)

Army quarterback Christian Anderson (4) is knocked out by defensive end Liberty TreShaun Clark (10) and linebacker Storey Jackson (12) during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 27 2021, at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. (Kendall Warner / The News & Advance via AP)

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Liberty (7-5, independent) v Eastern Michigan (7-5, Mid-American), Dec. 18, 5:45 a.m. ET

LOCATION: Mobile, Alabama

BEST PLAYERS

Freedom: QB Malik Willis, 2,626 passing yards, 24 touchdowns; 820 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns.

Eastern Michigan: QB Ben Bryant, 2,921 passing yards, 14 touchdowns.

NOTABLE

Liberty: The Flames are the third current team to reach a bowl game in their first three seasons on FBS. The others were Appalachian State (2015-present) and Marshall (1997-2002).

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles rank first in the country in least penalties per game (3.42), fewest penalty yards per game (30.5), fewest penalties (41) and least penalty yards (366).

LAST TIME

Liberty 25, Eastern Michigan 24. (October 14, 1989)

BOWL HISTORY

Freedom: First appearance in the Lending Tree Bowl, third consecutive bowl game.

Eastern Michigan: First appearance in the Lending Tree Bowl, sixth appearance in school history.


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