Playing without its best player, Liberty turned in a stout defensive effort in a 14-10 win over State College Saturday night at Frank Banko Field at BASD Stadium.

The Hurricanes were without injured wide receiver and defensive back K.J. Williams, who is considered by many to be the best player in the Lehigh Valley Conference.

But the defense stepped up, shutting out State College in the second half to seal the win.

The win was the first for new head coach John Truby.

Liberty will open its LVC schedule at home against Whitehall Friday night in a battle of 1-0 teams.