Liberty Flames Get National Recognition, ESPN Coverage in 31-24 Loss to BYU

Liberty Flames quarterback Stephen Calvert (12) loses the ball as he is hit by Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Bracken El-Bakri (93) after being sacked by Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Keenan Pili (41) as BYU and Liberty play an NCAA football game in Provo, Utah on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Micah Simon’s clutch hands have been a highlight for BYU in his senior season.

On Saturday night, the former Texas high school quarterback got to show off his arm, too.

Simon caught a team-high seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, and added a 44-yard touchdown strike to Matt Bushman to help the Cougars out-gun the Flames 31-24 in front of an announced crowd of 54,683 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Baylor Romney threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns with an interception for BYU (5-4), which used a 24-3 spurt in the middle quarters to pull away from its fellow FBS independent football team.

Bushman finished with 86 yards and a touchdown, while Aleva Hifo added 62 yards receiving and a score. Sione Finau led the Cougars on the ground with 60 yards on nine carries.

Liberty quarterback Stephen Calvert threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns, including 162 yards and a score to star receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden for the Flames (6-4).

BYU held a Liberty team that averaged 33.8 points per game nearly 20 points below its season average.

SOURCE: KSL, Sean Walker