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Liberty Win 2023 CUSA Title: 3 Key Stats

The Flames won the Conference USA Championship in their first year in the league

NCAA Football: Conference USA Football Championship-New Mexico State at Liberty Brian Bishop-USA TODAY Sports

Liberty have rolled through their 2023 season and while it was a close game for three quarters, they beat New Mexico State 49-35 on Friday night.

Postgame, head coach Jamey Chadwell made his feelings on where Liberty’s postseason destination should.

“If you’ve watched us for 13 weeks, we are the best G5 team in this country. Six wins over bowl teams, our average margin of victory is 17 points. We have dominated our opponents.We Belong in the New Years Six,” Chadwell emphatically stated.

These three stats stood out in the story of how Liberty claimed their first FBS conference title.

712 Net Yards

New Mexico State simply had no answer for Liberty’s offense. The Flames totaled 712 yards, a season high including 393 yards on the ground. Quinton Cooley alone had three rushing touchdowns. The Liberty also had 35 first downs on the evening.

0 Sacks

Perhaps it’s a testament to how important the running game is to both LU and NMSU, but neither quarterback was sacked all day. LU’s protection did help Salter finish with 20 completions on 25 attempts for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

7 Touchdowns

On the way to a title that could clinch them a spot as the top G5 team in the nation, Liberty were once again incredibly efficient on offense. In ten possessions, they scored seven touchdowns - one turnover on downs, one (barely) missed field goal, and a kneel down to end the game.

The Flames find out their bowl fate on Sunday when the CFP rankings are released at Noon ET.