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Flames dominate Eagles in 2021 Lending Tree Bowl

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Liberty Flames dominated the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the 2021 Lending Tree Bowl. The Flames won 56-20 over the Eagles at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

“Super proud of my guys and super blessed to have finished the way we did 🙏🏾 ,” Malik Willis said in a tweet after the game. “Thank God for everything from the ability to the platform to glorify His name ☝🏾 GODS PLAN 🙏🏾 TGFE 💯”

Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis carries the football against the Eastern Michigan Eagles
Malik Willis carries the football against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (Photo by Liberty Flames Football/Twitter)

This was the 23rd edition of the Bowl game. This was the first game at Hancock Whitney Stadium.

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The previous 22 games were played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

This was Liberty’s first appearance in this Bowl game. With the win, they finished their season with an 8-5 record.

Eastern Michigan also was making its first appearance in this particular Bowl game. They finished their season with a 7-6 record.

Flames quarterback Malik Willis went 13 of 24 for 231 yards. He threw three touchdown passes.

T.J. Green had eight carries for 88 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Shaa had three receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.

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Eagles quarterback Ben Bryant went 23 of 36 for 200 yards. He also threw an interception.

Samson Evans had 13 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Hassan Beydoun had 11 receptions for 83 yards.

Liberty outscored Eastern Michigan 23-10 in the second half. Willis scored on a 35-yard rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.

Willis hit Demario Douglas for a two-yard touchdown reception. Brayden Beck also made a 43-yard field goal.

Johnathan Bennett threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Shaa.

Eagles’ Jeff Hubbard scored on a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown. Chad Ryland also made a 43-yard field goal.

The Flames led 33-10 at halftime. Willis hit DJ Stubbs for a 54-yard touchdown reception. Skyler Thomas also returned an interception for a 27-yard pick-six.

T.J. Green scored on a 24-yard rushing touchdown. Willis hit Johnny Huntley for a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Willis also scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown.

EMU’s Evans scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown. Ryland also made a 27-yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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