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Sigmon and Bowden Given Weekly BSC Football Honors
Nick Sigmon and Grant Bowden both played significant parts in Liberty's 28-14 victory over No. 6/8 Stony Brook on Saturday and the pair of football players were honored earlier today with Big South weekly accolades for their efforts.
For the second week in a row, Sigmon was named the Big South's Defensive Player of the Week, while Bowden garnered his first weekly award from the Big South of 2012 by being named the league's Special Team's Player of the Week.
Sigmon led a Flames' defense that continually stopped Stony Brook's nationally ranked offense and Walter Payton Award candidate Miguel Maysonet.
Stony Brook came into the game ranked No. 9 in the country in total offense and Maysonet was averaging 165.1 rushing yards per game, which individually ranked No. 2 nationally in rushing offense.
Liberty held the Seawolves to a season-low 14 points scored and 383 total offensive yards. Maysonet was limited to a season-low 70 rushing yards.
Sigmon finished the game with nine stops, including eight solo tackles. The sophomore also caused two turnovers that both led to defensive points scored by the Flames.
The first came when Sigmon intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown during the third quarter. The second sealed Liberty's first-ever victory over a Top 10 program when Sigmon forced Maysonet to fumble the ball and Jacob Hagen returned the turnover 44 yards for a touchdown with just under four minutes left to play in the game.
Bowden helped the Flames with the battle for field position most of the game, finishing the game with season high punting totals.
The first-year transfer from Virginia Tech finished the game with 10 punts for 443 yards, averaging a season-best 44.3 yards per punt.
Three of his punts sailed for 50 or more yards, including a season-best 57 yard punt. Four of his 10 punts also pinned Stony Brook inside the 20-yard line. On the year, Bowden has now averaged 40 or more yards per punt in six out of 10 games.
Sigmon, Bowden and the rest of the Flames will travel to Lexington, Va., this weekend to face the Keydets of VMI. Kickoff at Foster Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.
With a victory, the Flames will secure a share of the 2012 Big South Championship and earn the team's fifth Big South title in the last six seasons.