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GAME NOTES: Charlotte Hosts Johnson C Smith



Saturday, Sept. 6; 12 pm

at McColl-Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium (15,314)

TV: American Sports Network: Mike Gleason; Jim Donnan

Radio: Charlotte IMG Radio Network (Flagship: WFNZ 610 AM)

Matt Swierad; Kevin Donnalley; Bobby Rosinski

Charlotte (1-0) hosts JC Smith (0-0) in the 49ers first home game of the season. The 49ers won their season-opener, 33-9 at Campbell, Thursday, Aug. 28. The 49ers, in season two of the program’s start-up, are competing as an FCS individual for the second straight season. Charlotte will join FBS Conference USA in 2015.

The 49ers went 5-6 last year while the Golden Bulls went 5-5.  This is the first meeting between the two schools.


Charlotte broke open a 6-3 halftime contest with 21 straight points in the third quarter to race past Campbell, 33-9, in the season-opener for both teams. Sophomore RB Kalif Phillips tied his own school record with three rushing touchdowns -- all in the third quarter -- and the 49ers posted their first-ever win without a passing touchdown. The Niners had 453 yards of total offense while Campbell had 341. K Blake Brewer kicked a school-record 50-yard field goal. QB Matt Johnson connected with H-back Justin Bolus for a record 62-yard reception. Charlotte’s 6.6 yards per carry at Campbell is the 49ers second most in school history. Three of the 49ers four TD drives took less than 1:30. The 49ers had one TD drive that took just one play (Thomas 40-yd run) -- last year, Charlotte had six one-play TD drives.

To look for:

Dating back to last season, Charlotte is looking for its third straight win -- which would be the team’s longest win streak ... Kalif Phillips has scored in five straight games; has scored multiple TDs in four straight ... Charlotte has lost its last two home games ... Charlotte is 1-1 alltime vs. DII foes; 1-0 in home games vs. DII foes ... Kalif Phillips has scored 11 TDs in 49ers last 5 games and has a TD in each of the 49ers 6 all-time wins ... Blake Brewer has hit a record five straight FG’s, dating back to last year.

Charlotte was 3-3 in home games last year

Charlotte is 1-0 in its first home game of the year, all-time


Eight 49ers have started all 12 games in program history:

Trent Bostick, WR

Jamal Covington, OL

Danny Book, OL

Matt Johnson, QB

Brandon Banks, DL

Larry Ogunjobi, DL

Nico Alcalde, LB

Desmond Cooper, S


Three of the 49ers four TDs came on drives that lasted 1:30 or less -- including two drives that took less than 20 seconds. Charlotte had 18 TD drives of under 1:30, last year, with highs of 5 vs. Morehead State and four vs. #24 Gardner-Webb. One drive (4 plays; 54 yards; 1:23) included a 38-yard pass to a diving Austin Duke. One (3 plays; 71 yds; 0:26) included a 62-yard catch and run to Justin Bolus and the third was a one-play drive of 40 yards on Maetron Thomas’ 40 yard run.

Quick Strike

TD drive under 1:30 3 at Campbell  18 in 2013

One-play TD Drive 1 at Campbell  6 in 2013


The 49ers career-record for tackles is currently 85 (Martay Mattox). Senior Caleb Clayton-Molby (71) and sophomore Nico Alcalde (67) are in striking distance. 

NT Larry Ogunjobi became the first 49er to surpass 10 TFL. He led the 49ers with 9.5 last year and added 1.5 at Campbell to give him 11.0 for his career. His 1.0 sack at Campbell increased his 49ers-best career-high to 3.5.


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