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Uzowihe Named Sports Network Special Teams Player of the Week

November 24, 2014
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Chima Uzowihe (52) blocked the potential game winning field goal as time expired to help Liberty upset No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina and earn the Flames their first-ever trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Honors continue to roll in for Liberty's Chima Uzowihe as the junior has been named the Sports Network National Co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

Earlier today, the defensive end was one of three Flames honored by the Big South Conference, as he was named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week.

Uzowihe blocked a potential game-winning field goal by Coastal Carolina's Alex Catron as time expired to seal the victory for the Flames' first-ever win over the No. 1 team in the country.

The junior defensive end tied a program record with his second blocked field goal of the season. He now has four blocked kicks in his Liberty career (two blocked field goals and two blocked extra point attempts).

Uzowihe's blocked field goal helped the Flames seal a 15-14 upset victory over No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium on Saturday.

The win helped Liberty capture its seventh Big South title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time in program history.

Uzowihe is the second Flame to earn Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week honors this year.

Junior kicker John Lunsford received the same honor following a school and Big South record 60-yard field goal against Richmond on Oct. 4.

Uzowihe shared Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week with Stephen F. Austin's Jordan Wiggs. The senior kicker hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired, pushing Stephen F. Austin to a 27-24 win over Northwestern State and earning the Lumberjacks a trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

The No. 20 Flames will play their first-ever NCAA FCS Playoff game on Saturday when they travel to Harrisonburg, Va., to face No. 15 James Madison. Kickoff from Bridgeforth Stadium is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.