Liberty Football Beats New Mexico State 49-35 to Earn Championship

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

In the first season in the Conference USA, Liberty Football hosted their first-ever conference championship game and defeated New Mexico 49-35.

Liberty got to host the game at their home stadium as they have the best record in the league.

Home-field advantage is inevitable since the Liberty Flames have gone 31-6 since joining the FBS in 2018.

The 49-35 win over New Mexico State in the Conference USA Championship Game gave the Flames (13-0) their first title.

Furthermore, the win keeps Liberty Football alive for a potential New Year’s Six bowl game.

The Flames outscored New Mexico 28-14 in the final 30 minutes.

Kaidon Salter, Liberty quarterback, finished 20-of-25 passing for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

He also added 165 yards and a score for the team’s sixth-consecutive win by double digits.

Meanwhile, New Mexico quarterback Diego Pavia injured his elbow early in the third quarter.

Blaze Berlowits, the QB backup, finished the game with 10 of 19 for 134 yards with an interception and one touchdown.

Having a 10-4 record, New Mexico State finishes the league with its best record since 1960.

However, the Aggies need to wait for another season for the program’s first conference title.

Before coach Jerry Kill arrived in 2022, New Mexico won just 35 games between 2009 and 2021.