Liberty and East Michigan go head to head in the Lending Tree Bowl
Liberty (7-5, independent) v Eastern Michigan (7-5, Mid-American), Dec. 18, 5:45 a.m. ET
LOCATION: Mobile, Alabama
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.
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).
Liberty 25, Eastern Michigan 24. (October 14, 1989)
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.