CHARLOTTE 49ER NOTES:
Following a 52-7 victory over Campbell in the 49ers inaugural game, the 49ers will host Chowan, Saturday, at 12 p.m. It is the 49ers second game of a season-opening three-game homestand. Chowan is playing its season opener.
Charlotte scored its first touchdown just 46 seconds into the Campbell game and scored on its first eight possessions in racing to a 32-0 lead. QB Matt Johnson connected on his first eight passes, two of which went for touchdowns and finished with 282 yards and 3 TD’s on 19-of-29 passing.
LB Mark Hogan scored the 49ers historic first TD on an interception return on the second play from scrimmage at 14:14.
Charlotte put up 488 yards offense while holding Campbell to 287. In fact, the 49ers passed for 277 yards, nearly matching the Camels offensive output. The 49ers were 5-of-5 on red zone conversions.
Head coach Brad Lambert recorded a victory in his college head coaching debut with a starting lineup that included 14 red-shirt freshmen and one true freshman.
Chowan went 6-4 last year and return 13 starters from last season: 8 on defensive side of the ball; 5 on the offensive side for head coach Tim Place.
* History Maker:LB Mark Hogan, a grad student who transferred from Georgia State, etched his name in 49ers record books by intercepting a pass on the 2nd play from scrimmage and returning it 32 yards for the first touchdown in 49ers history just 46 seconds into the inaugural game. Hogan also made history at Georgia State, where he was that start-up program’s first scholarship player and the school’s all-time leading tackler.
* Perfect Start:On the 49ers first two offensive possessions, QB Matt Johnson connected on each of his first eight passes and led the 49ers to a pair of touchdowns. He was 5-of-5 in the first drive and hit Justin Bolus on a one-yard pass for the touchdown. The second drive, which started on his own 4-yard line, covered 96 yards in four plays and took just 45 seconds. He hit Mikel Hunter for 44 yards on the first play to get out of trouble and found Austin Duke for a 19-yard strike for the touchdown. Johnson finished the first quarter 8-8 on pass attempts for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He hit four different receivers.
* Scoring Spread:Charlotte scored at least one touchdown in each of the four quarters. In all, the 49ers scored six touchdowns: one defensive, three passing and two rushing.
• Week One Honors: Hogan; Brewer Honored
Linebacker Mark Hogan was named Madness FCS Independent Defensive Player of the Week for his exceptional performance in the 49ers 52-7 victory over Campbell in the 49ers inaugural game.
Hogan intercepted Campbell’s first pass attempt, on the second play from scrimmage, and returned it 32 yards for the 49ers historic first touchdown, just 46 seconds into the game. He added six tackles, including a tackle for loss for the 49ers.
Placekicker Blake Brewer earned Honorable Mention Placekicker of the Week accolades from College Football Performance Awards for Charlotte’s inaugural victory.
Brewer hit all three field goal attempts (35, 20, 40) and was a perfect 5-of-5 in extra points.
"Congratulations to Blake Brewer on earning Honorable Mention CFPA accolades for Week 1," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Brewer produced one of the nation’s strongest placekicking performances in Week 1 with fourteen total points on eight conversions, including two mid-range field goals."
• Perfect Symmetry (credit Matt Crossman, Charlotte Magazine):
In its first game, Charlotte scored on the 2nd play from scrimmage, on an interception return by LB Mark Hogan on the first pass thrown his way.
In his first game as a player, 49ers head coach Brad Lambert scored on an interception return. Entering the game in the second half, the interception return was on the third snap, but a previous play was negated by penalty, so it, too, was the 2nd official play, on the first pass thrown his way.
* First True Freshmen: In the inaugural game, Trent Bostic (WR, Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior) became the first true freshman to start a game as a position player. True freshman Blake Brewer (K, Concord, N.C./Cannon School) was the first 49er to touch the game ball, putting it in play on the opening kick at 12:08 p.m. He also became the first true freshman to put points on the board with his extra point after the opening TD and he kicked the 49ers first field goal, a 35-yarder at 14:49 of the 2nd quarter. True freshman Kalif Phillips (RB; Kannapolis, N.C./AL Brown) scored the first rushing touchdown in 49ers history on a 15-yard run at 9:32 of the 2nd quarter.
TRUE FRESHMEN IMPACT:
Trent Bostic: First freshman to start as a position player
Blake Brewer: First 49er to touch game ball (opening kick)
First freshman to score a point (extra point)
First freshman to kick a field goal (35-yarder)
Kalif Phillips: First 49ers rushing TD (15-yard run, 2nd quarter)
* Inaugural Game Notes:
Charlotte scored on each of its first 8 offensive possessions
Charlotte scored in each of the four quarters
Charlotte scored a touchdown in each of the four quarters
Charlotte did not punt in the first half. First punt was on 49ers’ 9th possession, 7:48, 3rd quarter
Charlotte was 5-for-5 in red zone possessions (3 TD; 2 FG)
* Game One Notable Stats:
QB Matt Johnson: 19-of-29, 282 yds, 3 TD’s, 0 int, long pass of 47 yds
RB Kalif Phillips: 9 rushes, 66 yards, 1 TD, long of 18
RB Alan Barnwell: 9 rushes, 55 yards, long of 23
WR Mikel Hunter: 5 catches; 80 yards, long of 44; 148 all-purpose yards (80 rcv; 6 rush; 42 KR; 20 PR)
WR Austin Duke: 5 catches; 66 yards, 1 TD, long of 23
WR Trent Bostick: 4 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD, long of 47
K Blake Brewer: 5-5 Extra Points; 3-3 FG (35, 20, 40)
LB Micah Bryan: 8 tackles, 6 solo, a break-up
LB Mark Hogan: 6 tackles, 5 solo, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception
LB Terry Caldwell: 6 tackles
CB Terrance Winchester, 4 tackles, 3 solo, 1 interception
P Blake Strupp, 5 punts, 184 yards (36.8 avg), 2 inside 20; long of 42
Turnovers forced: 4 (Interceptions: Hogan, Winchester; Fumble recoveries: Clayton-Molby, Little)
Turnover margin: 4-0 (Ranks 3rd in FBS)