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Liberty's Top 10 Moments of 2014: Moment No. 1
As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2014, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
The series concludes today by looking at Moment No. 1, Chima Uzowihe's blocked field goal to secure Liberty's 15-14 victory over No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina and a Big South title.
With starting quarterback Josh Woodrum on the sidelines for the second game in a row, redshirt freshman quarterback Stephon Masha was asked to lead Liberty's team in one of the most important games in program history.
Masha did just that for 60 minutes of play, including a 17-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in John Lunsford's third field goal of the game. The 32-yard field goal put the Flames ahead by one, 15-14, with 1:20 left on the game clock.
Liberty looked to be in pretty good shape, as Coastal Carolina had exhausted its time outs during Liberty's go-ahead drive. However, the Chanticleers used three big plays to drive to the Flames' six-yard line.
Head Coach Turner Gill used back-to-back timeouts with three seconds on the clock to try to rattle the nerves of Coastal Carolina kicker Alex Catron. With the season hanging in the balance, defensive lineman JaRon Greene cleared enough of a path that allowed Uzowihe to block the 24-yard attempt and secure Liberty's historic victory.
The win, the first ever by a Liberty team against a Division I No. 1 ranked program, secured Liberty's seventh Big South title in eight years and propelled the Flames into the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time in program history.
Today's video concludes the Liberty Flames Sports Network's recap of the Top 10 moments of 2014. Be sure to follow your Liberty Flames as they strive to reach new goals in 2015 and make it another memorable season in athletics department history.
Top 10 Moments of 2014:
No. 10 – Liberty claiming the title at the 2014 Big South Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships
No. 9 – Jacob Hagen's interception to seal football's FBS victory over Appalachian State
No. 8 – Chase Marinell's birdie putt at No. 17 to capture the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship
No. 7 – Swimming & Diving wins its first-ever Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championship title
No. 6 – Andrew Smith's pair of dunks that were featured on SportsCenter's Top Plays
No. 5 – Mallory Cuccio's save off a penalty stroke to secure Liberty's win over No. 11 Louisville
No. 4 – Kenny Scott's pass breakup to secure Liberty's NCAA FCS Playoffs win over James Madison
No. 3 – Caroline Douglas' kill to finish off volleyball's five-set victory over Virginia
No. 2 – Baseball earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Regionals following a Big South record 23 wins
No. 1 – Chima Uzowihe's blocked field goal to secure Liberty's win over Coastal Carolina and a Big South title/NCAA FCS Playoffs berth