Scores

Final

Norfolk State 31

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Liberty 24

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 8, 2012

Williams Stadium (VA), Lynchburg, VA

1 2 3 4 T
NORF 0 7 12 1231
LIB 7 10 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hudson (CAMP) - 144 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Riddick (NORF) - 21 CAR, 150 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: P. Kelly (LIB) - 7 REC, 75 YDS

Norfolk St. 31, Liberty 24

Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Running back Brendon Riddick's scored three touchdowns and Norfolk State's fourth-quarter fumble recovery helped the Spartans beat Liberty 31-24 Saturday night.

The Flames led 17-7 at halftime after Sirchauncey Holloway's 6-yard touchdown run and a field goal by John Lunsford gave.

Riddick, who had 150 yards rushing, and Norfolk State's special teams sparked the Spartans' second-half comeback.

The running back scored on a 10-yard touchdown run cut the deficit to 17-13. An 83-yard punt return for a touchdown by Keith Johnson gave Norfolk State its first lead.

But Liberty answered with a great special teams play of its own: Kevin Fogg ripped off a 77-yard punt return as the Flames recaptured the lead 24-19.

Then it was Riddick's turn again. His 10-yard put Norfolk State back up 25-24. The Spartans sealed the victory with 3:30 left when Marcell Coke returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NORF
LIB
1st Downs1616
Total Yards343328
Passing92158
Rushing251170
Penalties8-608-65
3rd Down Conversions5-146-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers11
Possession31:0029:00

Passing Leaders

Norfolk StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Flores9/14624.400
LibertyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hudson12/221446.510

Rushing Leaders

Norfolk StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Riddick211507.1371
Flores13765.8029
LibertyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen221275.8024
Holloway10444.419

Receiving Leaders

Norfolk StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyce5408.0018
Hawkins3206.709
LibertyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly77510.7029
Ferguson22311.5012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNORFLIB
TD12:11Aldreakis Allen 23 Yd Pass From Brian Hudson (John Lunsford Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNORFLIB
TD14:30Brendon Riddick 1 Yd Run (Everett Goldberg Kick) 77
TD12:15Sirchauncey Holloway 6 Yd Run (John Lunsford Kick) 714
FG05:05John Lunsford 36 Yd 717
THIRD QUARTERNORFLIB
TD11:13Brendon Riddick 10 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1317
TD10:03Keith Johnson 83 Yd Punt Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1917
TD06:07Kevin Fogg 77 Yd Punt Return (John Lunsford Kick) 1924
FOURTH QUARTERNORFLIB
TD12:45Brendon Riddick 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2524
TD03:30Marcell Coke 41 Yd Fumble Return (Pat Blocked) 3124