LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Desmond Rice ran for three touchdowns, two in the second quarter, to carry Liberty past Presbyterian, 35-14 Saturday.
The win keeps Liberty (6-4, 3-1 Big South) in the hunt for the conference title, with a potential first-place showdown looming in the regular season finale against first-place Charleston Southern in two weeks.
Josh Woodrum put the Flames on the board early in the first quarter, finding Darrin Peterson with a sideline pass that turned into a 20-yard touchdown. Rice, who carried 22 times for 96 yards, bulled in from the 1 to make it 14-0 in the second quarter, then broke around right end to make it 21-7 at intermission.
No conference approached the SEC's recruiting haul in the secondary, which is loaded with four-star prospects, many of whom will play immediately.
After losing their elite QB and his top targets, the Golden Bears' offense will need time to adjust.
It should come as no surprise that Clemson led the ACC with eight players invited to the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis.
Ohio State will send a contingent of 14 to Indianapolis, double the total of any other Big Ten team.
South Florida coach Willie Taggart will add former NFL quarterback Shaun King to his coaching staff, according to a source, as co-offensive coordinator Danny Hope resigned.
Myles Gaskin and the Huskies offense took off at the end of 2015, and with most of the starting O-line back, the good times should continue for Gaskin.