CHARLOTTE 49ER NOTES:
Charlotte’s nationally-ranked road swing continues Saturday as the 49ers travel to #3/#6 Coastal Carolina for the "Battle of the Carolinas". The game will be televised by WCCB-TV Charlotte and also land in Myrtle Beach and Columbia markets.
The 49ers (4-4) are coming off a 36-14 road loss at #24 Charleston Southern. Charlotte is 1-2 away from Jerry Richardson Stadium.
Unbeaten Coastal Carolina (8-0) averages 47.4 points per game. They will be the 4th and final FCS ranked opponent that the 49ers face in their inaugural season. Three of those four are road games. The 49ers previously lost at #16/#17 James Madison, 34-7 and came from behind to defeat #24/#25 Gardner-Webb, 53-51. In addition, UNC Pembroke and Wesley College are ranked in their respective Div. II and Div. III National polls.
Coastal is the 49ers fourth Big South opponent, three of which have been on the road. The 49ers are 2-1 vs. the Big South (W: at Presbyterian; Gardner-Webb; L: at Charleston Southern).
The 49ers return home for the final home game vs. Wesley (Nov. 9) and conclude their inaugural season at Morehead State, Nov. 23.
Charlotte ranks second in the FCS in takeaways (25), first in fumbles recovered (14), 13th in interceptions (11) and 9th in tackles for loss (7.9/gm). Charlotte averages 437.5 yards of total offense and ranks 19th in the FCS in first downs (185) and 11th in fewest sacks allowed (0.75).
UPDATE: LBs Micah Bryan and Jalen Holt have both been given a leave of absence and will be inactive this week attending to personal family matters. Holt is expected to return next week after attending a funeral. Bryan's leave is indefinite.
Passing: Matt Johnson 2043 yds (173-277; 255.4/gm; 19 TD)
Rushing: Alan Barnwell 443 yds (99 carries; 4.5 avg.; 3 TD)
Kalif Phillips 405 yds (84 carries; 4.8 avg.; 6 TD)
Receiving: Austin Duke 561 yds (47 catches; 11.9 avg.; 6 TD)
Trent Bostick 528 yds (36 catches; 14.7 avg.; 4 TD)
Touchdowns: Kaliff Phillips 7 TDs (6 rush; 1 pass)
Austin Duke 6 TDs (25th in FCS, rec. TD)
Tackles: Martay Mattox 62 tackles
Solo Tackles: Micah Bryan 38 solo tackles
Tackles for loss: Terry Caldwell 8.5 TFL
QB Sacks: Devon Johnson 2.0
QB Hurries: Larry Ogunjobi, 7
Fumble recoveries: Caleb Clayton-Molby, 3 (17th in FCS, 0.43)
Interceptions: Terrance Winchester 3
#49 (Players honored with uniform #49 on Game Day):
Campbell: Larry Ogunjobi, NT
Chowan: Caleb Clayton-Molby, LB
NCCU: Mikel Hunter, WR
JMU: Danny Book, RT
PC: Devon Johnson, DE
GWU: Thomas La Bianca, C
UNC Pembroke: Alan Barnwell, RB
Charleston Southern: Keaston Sinicki, LS
ESPN CONNECTIONS FOR START-UP PROGRAM:
ESPN Top 10: Mark Hogan’s INT for historic first TD in inaugural game (#10)
ESPN Game Day: Host Chris Fowler talked 49ers Football in visit to Charlotte Touchdown Club, Sept. 26
ESPN3: 49ers inaugural season, Game #5, at Presbyterian, was aired on ESPN3
Game Day Stats:
Charlotte’s uptempo offense is averaging 75.1 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU. The 49ers have had 309 rushing plays (175.1 yds/gm) and 292 passing plays (262.4 yds/gm). QB Matt Johnson ranks 18th in the FCS with 2043 passing yards.
Coastal, meanwhile, defines explosive offense, averaging 47.4 points per game; 496.6 yards of total offense and 6.5 TDs/game. They have scored 40 or more points in each of the last six games. Coastal has rushed 363 times (271.1 yds/gm) and passed 221 times (225.5 yds/gm). The Chanticleers have converted 55% of their third down conversions (54-99) and are 5-of-5 on 4th down efforts. They have been to the red zone 47 times and scored 45 times (96%). 40 of those scores (85%) have been TDs.
Coastal holds opponents to 26.4 points and 409.8 yards of total offense (179.1 rushiung; 230.6 passing).
Charlotte has four teams on its 2013 schedule that appear in the national polls (FCS Coaches/Sports Network) -- including this game: at #3/#6 Coastal Carolina. Charleston Southern was T#24/RV, Gardner-Webb was #24/#25, James Madison was #16/#17 when they played the 49ers.
QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 9th in the FCS in passing TDs (19), 18th in yards passing (2043), 16th in yards/game (255.4) and 19th in completions/gm (21.6) ... Charlotte has had a 100+-yard receiver in each of the last three games ... Charlotte has put up 450 or more yards in each of its four wins; less than 400 in three of its four losses ... the 49ers have surpassed 500 yards three times (2-1), this year ... 4 of the 49ers last 5 opponents have totalled 500+ yards of offense (1-3) ... Only two opponents (UNC Pembroke, +3; NCCU, +4) have won the turnover battle against Charlotte (49ers 0-2 in those games) ... Charlotte had a season-high 7 offensive TDs vs. #24 GWU (2 rush; 5 pass) ... Charlotte rushed for a season-high 244 yards vs. GWU, their 2nd straight game of setting a new season high ... opponents have scored on their opening offensive drive in 4 of the last 5 games .... 24 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss (49ers rank 9th in FCS in TFL, 7.9/gm) ... Charlotte is 2nd in the FCS in takeaways (25) and 1st in fumbles recovered (14) ... the 49ers have scored TD’s in each facet of the game: offense passing (16), offense rushing (10), defense (1), special teams (1) ... In wins, Charlotte has scored TDs in 14 of 16 quarters ... Charlotte has scored on its first possession in 3 games.
Gold Rush:Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in seven of eight games, with a high of three against Presbyterian. The team’s 12 rushing TD’s have come from five different players: Kalif Phillips, 6; Alan Barnwell, 3; Corey Nesmith Jr.; Lee McNeill and Matt Johnson.
Scoring Spread:Charlotte has scored 33 touchdowns. 19 have come on passes, 12 on rushes, one from the defense and one on a kickoff return.
4th Quarter:In the 4th quarter, Charlotte has outscored opponents 66-49; held foes to 36% success on third-down conversions (11-31; .355) and Charleston Southern was the first opponent to score more than 7 points.
Defense:The 49ers defense put points on the board (INT TD return vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan; GWU) in three wins and created14 turnovers in the 4 W’s.
Young Guns:Charlotte has started at least 13 and as many as 15 freshmen and red-shirt freshmen in each game this year. Charlotte is averaging 14.0 Fr/r-FR while opponents have totalled just 18 Fr./r-Fr starters (2.3/gm).
Inaugural game:Charlotte scored its first touchdown just 46 seconds into the Campbell game on LB Mark Hogan’s 32-yard interception return and the 49ers scored on their first eight possessions and raced to a 32-0 lead. QB Matt Johnson connected on his first eight passes, two of which went for TDs 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.Head coach Brad Lambert recorded a victory in his college head coaching debut with a lineup that included 14 red-shirt freshmen and one true freshman.
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.
• 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 Bostick (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 TD on a 15-yard run at 9:32 of the 2nd quarter.
TRUE FRESHMEN INAUGURAL GAME IMPACT:
Trent Bostick: 1st freshman to start as a position player
Blake Brewer: 1st 49er to touch game ball (opening kick)
1st freshman to score a point (extra point)
1st 49er to kick a field goal (35-yarder)
Kalif Phillips: 1st 49ers rushing TD (15-yard run, 2nd quarter)
True Freshmen In Action:Seven different true freshmen have seen action this season for the 49ers, including Trent Bostick, who has started all three games, Kalif Phillips, who is the team’s leading rusher and Blake Brewer, who handles kicking duties:
Justin Bridges-Thompson, LB Played in all 8 gms; 17 tkl; 3.0 TFL
Trent Bostick, WR Started 8 gm; 528 yds; 4 TD; 2 100-yd gm
Blake Brewer, K 6-12 FG; 29-30 PAT
Devin Pearson, CB started 4 gms; 28 tkls; 1.0 sk
Kalif Phillips, RB Played all 8 gms; 405 yds; 50.6/gm; 7 TD
Keaston Sinicki, LS All 8 gms; #49 at CSU (1st Frosh to wear)
Wolfgang Zacherl, OL Played in all 8 games