Charlotte 49ers 45 at Presbyterian 21
#49 - Devon Johnson
Captains: Mark Hogan, Martay Mattox, CJ Crawford, Jamal Covington
Flag carriers: Daquan Lucas, Keaston Sinicki, Kalif Phillips
The 49ers first-ever road win came at Presbyterian, where the CCUNC Owls had lost, 33-19, back in 1947 -- in a game between the Charlotte's two-year night school and PC's JV squad.
This was the first of four 49ers games against Big South opponents. The 49ers host Gardner-Webb next week and play at Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern later in the season. Each of those three teams is ranked or receiving votes in the FCS National polls.
The win over Presbyterian was the 49ers first in a game in which they trailed. PC led 7-0 and 14-7, before the 49ers scored 38 straight points.
The 49ers had 50% success (6-of-12) on third down, matching their highest rate this season. The 49ers were also 2-for-2 on fourth down.
Charlotte was 5-for-5 in red zone conversions against PC. In the 49ers three wins, they are perfect (14-of-14) in red-zone conversions, with 10 TDs.
Charlotte rushed for a season-high 236 yards and accumulated 502 yards of total offense, the second time this season that they had at least 500 yards of total offense.
Alan Barnwell's 88 yards rushing are a new season-high for the 49ers.
For the first time this season, Charlotte did not recover a forced fumble. They did have two interceptions and won the turnover battle 2-1. Charlotte has had more takeways in four of the five games.
The 49ers enjoyed several big plays in the PC win. Charlotte had 11 plays of 15 or more yards -- and each of those plays came on scoring drives. Matt Johnson threw seven passes for gains of 15 or more yards (3 to Trent Bostick; 2 to Justin Bolus) and Alan Barnwell had three runs of 15 or more yards.
The longest pass play was a 53-yard TD pass to Mikel Hunter, the longest run was a 28-yard burst by Kalif Phillips.
Hunter's 53-yard TD catch set records for the 49ers longest reception and longest TD reception. Of note, CCUNC's Carroll York caught a 55-yard TD pass at Presbyterian, in 1947.
Martay Mattox led the 49ers in tackles for the second straight game. Mattox had 8 vs. PC after 18 at James Madison. He leads the team with 40 (8.0/gm).
After Tank Norman and Desmond Cooper notched their first interceptions at PC, seven different 49ers have recorded an interception through five games.
The 49ers rank first in the FCS in fumbles recovered (10) and turnovers forced (19) and 5th in interceptions (9). The 49ers +5 turnover margin (+1.0/gm) ranks 17th in the FCS.
Charlotte ranks 4th in tackles for loss (TFL) with 9.0/gm; 8th in first downs (121) and 21st in passing efficiency (109.81).
Caleb Clayton-Molby ranks 5th in the FCS in fumbles recovered (0.50/gm) and 12th in fumbles forced (0.50/gm).
Terry Caldwell ranks 23rd in tackles for loss (1.5/gm). Caldwell (7.5), Devon Johnson (5.0) and Larry Ogunjobi (4.0) lead the 49ers in TFL.
Devon Johnson leads the 49ers with 2 of the 49ers 9 sacks.
Matt Johnson ranks 10th in passing TDs (11), 13th in passing yards (1240), 21st in completion pct. (.652) and 24th in total offense (271.6).
Austin Duke ranks 18th in receiving touchdowns (4).
Duke leads the 49ers with 291 receiving yards and is one of three receivers to average over 50 yards per game: Duke, 58.2; Trent Bostick, 57.4; Mikel Hunter, 51.4
Alan Barnwell (285; 57.0/gm; 2 TD) and Kalif Phillips (280, 56.0/gm; 3 TD) lead the 49ers' rushing attack. Both average over 50 yards per game and the two have accounted for 5 rushing TDs.
Blake Brewer connected on a 30-yard field goal. He has hit 5-of- FG attempts with one blocked and missing a 58-yarder). He is 19-of-20 in PATs.
Brandon Strupp banged a 55-yard punt for the third straight game. 55 yarders are his season-long punts.