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'I can't believe he just did that': The rise of Liberty's Malik Willis

Coach Hugh Freeze and Liberty are facing a fourth-and-3 from Virginia Tech's 38-yard line early in the second quarter, and two things are abundantly clear.

The Flames are going for it, and the ball is going to be in star quarterback Malik Willis' hands.

Liberty, on this day last November, is ranked for the first time in program history -- but still not really taken seriously -- as 17-point underdogs at unranked Virginia Tech.

Willis looks across the line of scrimmage at the Hokies, the program that was one of the few Division I schools to originally offer him a scholarship, even if it would likely be at defensive back instead of his preferred quarterback position.