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Liberty screws up not scoring, fumbles the game away... wins in overtime

The only thing you had to do was literally kneel down. Shouldn’t Liberty be good at that?

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall runs the ball as Liberty Flames safety Javon Scruggs defends during the second quarter of the Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE 11:25 p.m.: Liberty kicked a 44-yard field goal to open overtime, while Coastal Carolina’s Massimo Biscardi, who had missed only one field goal in 2020, had his attempt blocked. Liberty hangs on for the 37-34 win.

With just seconds left, the ball on the two yard line, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers out of timeouts in a 34-34 Cure Bowl, Liberty Flames head coach Hugh Freeze just wanted to run out the clock and kick a field goal for the win.

And yet, somehow, tight end Jerome Jackson didn’t get the memo, tried to push running back Joshua Mack into the end zone... and fumbled the football.

The game is heading into overtime, and if Liberty loses this they will discuss this play forever in Lynchburg. Has a game ever been closer to being won, and then not actually won? It would be one thing if Liberty missed the sub-20 yard field goal, but to blow it like this is almost impossible.

If you have Coastal Carolina -6.5, which is how the game closed... you’re still in this thing. If you had Liberty, let’s hope it wasn’t on the moneyline.