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 continues today by looking at Moment No. 4, Kenny Scott's pass breakup giving Liberty a 26-21 win over James Madison in an NCAA FCS Playoff matchup.
Liberty's victory in its regular-season finale over No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina secured Liberty's seventh Big South title in the last eight years. The 15-14 victory also gave the Flames the league's automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
Liberty's first-ever NCAA FCS Playoff game proved to be a close one, both in terms of travel time and the final score, as the Flames were sent to Harrisonburg, Va., to face No. 15/15 James Madison.
The Flames kept the Dukes' potent offense in check during the second half, shutting out the No. 8 ranked offense in the country during the final 30 minutes of play.
Liberty took a 26-21 lead on Nicky Fualaau's one-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left to play on the game clock. The fullback's scoring run capped off a 17-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up more than 11 minutes on the clock.
The Dukes tried to mount one last drive with the clock running out and managed to get to the Flames' 27-yard line. On a fourth-and-13 play, James Madison quarterback Vad Lee tried to find wide receiver Daniel Brown, but Scott was able to break up the pass attempt just before the goal line and secure Liberty's first-ever NCAA FCS Playoffs victory.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network will continue to count down the Top 10 moments of 2014 when LibertyFlames.com reveals moment No. 3 on Monday.
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 – Revealed on Dec. 29 No. 2 – Revealed on Dec. 30 No. 1 – Revealed on Dec. 31
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