Gardner-Webb drops 24-0 decision to Liberty

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 05:57 PM

Five sacks and a lackluster offensive performance by the Runnin' Bulldogs helped Liberty to a 24-0 win at Spangler Stadium Saturday afternoon. It was the first time since 1985 Gardner-Webb had been shut out twice in the same season and first time since 2007 they had been shut out at home when they lost 31-0 to Liberty.

"It's just one person here, one person there … peck, peck, peck," McCray said.

Gardner-Webb (4-4, 0-2 Big South) had little success on offense, stumbling to minus-19 yards on the ground in the first half and just 30 yards for the game.

The defense had its share of struggles early as the Flames (4-4, 1-1 Big South) scored twice in a span of three minutes in the second quarter. 

Running back Desmond Rice hit Darrin Peterson on a 33-yard touchdown after quarterback Josh Woodrum rushed from three yards out to give the Flames a 14-0 halftime lead.

The Runnin' Bulldogs showed promise on their first play from scrimmage after quarterback Lucas Beatty found tight end Seth Cranfill for a 31-yard reception, but it went downhill fast from there. In fact, it was the only positive in a first quarter that had Gardner-Webb with just 56 yards of total offense.