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Three Honored by Big South after Coastal Carolina Win
Three Liberty players took home Big South weekly accolades today, as the conference office honored the trio of Gabe Henderson, Chima Uzowihe and Stephon Masha following Liberty's victory at No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
Henderson was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while Uzowihe was tabbed the Special Teams Player of the Week and Masha was named Freshman of the Week.
Each played a key role in the Flames' 15-14 upset victory over the nation's top ranked team. 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.
Henderson led the Flames in receiving, finishing the game with a career-high 10 receptions for 114 yards. The senior now has three career 100-yard receiving games, two coming in his last two games against Coastal Carolina.
Each of Henderson's 10 receptions helped Liberty pick up a first down, with seven of his 10 receptions coming on third-down plays.
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).
Masha, in just his second career start, guided Liberty's offense throughout the game. The redshirt freshman finished the contest completing 20-of-33 passing attempts for 285 yards. He threw his fifth career touchdown pass, a 72-yard completion to Darrin Peterson midway through the third quarter.
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.