CHARLOTTE 49ER NOTES:
Charlotte is off to a 2-0 start after a pair of convincing home wins to start the inaugural season. The 49ers posted a 52-7 victory over Campbell in week one and added a 47-7 victory over Chowan in week two.
The 49ers face North Carolina Central in the final game of the season-opening three-game homestand. NCCU is 1-1 under interim head coach Dwayne Foster following a 23-20 overtime victory over St. Augustine.
Charlotte ranks third in the FCS in scoring (47.5 ppg) and fourth in scoring defense (7.0 pts allowed/game). Charlotte has outscored its opponents 99-14, for an average margin of victory of 42.5 points.
Charlotte has scored touchdowns in each of the eight quarters it has played and the 49ers have scored TD’s in each facet of the game: offense passing (8), offense rushing (2), defense (1), special teams (1).
QB Matt Johnson ranks 4th in the FCS, nationally, in passing efficiency at 192.5. He has hit 42-of-59 passes for 538 yards and eight touchdowns. The 49ers have produced 958 yards of total offense (412 rush; 546 pass) while holding opponents to 486. RB Alan Barnwell has a team-high 135 yards rushing and SR Austin Duke leads the team with 149 receiving yards.
Charlotte hits the road for its first away game, next Saturday at James Madison (6:00 p.m.).
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 starting lineup that included 14 red-shirt freshmen and one true freshman.
Perfect:The 49ers are a perfect 9-of-9 on red zone conversions (5-5 vs. Campbell; 4-4 vs. Chowan), scoring 6 touchdowns and 3 field goals.
Charlotte has scored touchdowns on its first offensive possessions of both games.
K Blake Brewer is 4-4 in field goal attempts and 11-11 in on extra points.
Defense:The 49ers defense has scored in both games (interception return for TD vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan) and created 9 turnovers.
The 49ers have scored a touchdown in each of the 8 quarters of football that they have played ... Charlotte scored on its first possession in each of the first two games ... Charlotte owns a 42.5 margin of victory through two games, outscoring opponents 99-14 ... Charlotte has prevented opponent from scoring in the first quarter for two consecutive games, outscoring opponent 41-0 in first quarter ... After two games, slot receiver Austin Duke leads the 49ers with three touchdowns ... Freshman placekicker Blake Brewer has been perfect this season, hitting 4-of-4 field goals and 11-of-11 extra points ... Four 49ers have scored touchdowns in both of the first two games: Austin Duke; Trent Bostick; Corey Nesmith Jr; Kalif Phillips ... LB Mark Hogan leads the 49ers with two interceptions – one in each of the two games ... LBs Micah Bryan and Terry Caldwell lead the 49ers with 14 tackles apiece ... Charlotte is a perfect 9-for-9 in red zone conversions, scoring six touchdowns with three field goals .... Charlotte has scored touchdowns on its opening offensive possession of both games ... In just two games, the 49ers have scored touchdowns in each facet of the game: offensive rushing (2); offensive passing (8); defense (1) and kick return (1) ... the 49ers defense has produced points in both games (pick 6 vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan) ... Charlotte owns a +7 turnover margin (They forced 5 turnovers vs. Chowan and 4 vs. Campbell) ... LB Terry Caldwell leads the 49ers with four tackles for loss ... 15 different 49ers have had a tackle for loss ... Mikel Hunter leads the 49ers with 259 all-purpose yards, including 148 on kick-off returns.
* Scoring Spread:Charlotte scored six touchdowns in each of the first two games. Eight have come on passes, two on rushes, one from the defense and one on a kickoff return.
* 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.
• Week Two Honors: Bryan; Hunter; Johnson Honored
Linebacker Micah Bryan was named Madness FCS Independent Defensive Player of the Week for his exceptional performance in the 49ers 47-7 victory over Chowan in week two.
Bryan had six tackles, two for a loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception.
The 49ers won the honor in each of the first two weeks. LB Mark Hogan won it after the inaugural game.
In addition, return specialist Mikel Hunter earned National Kickoff Returner of the Week honors from College Football Performance Awards for his performance in Charlotte’s 47-7 victory over Chowan, which included a 96-yard touchdown on a kickoff return.
"Hunter’s 96-yard kickoff return touchdown was one of the nation’s top special teams moments in Week 2." said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith.
Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson earned Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week accolades for his five-touchdown performance.
• 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.
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 5-of-5 in PATs.
"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," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith.
• 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)
* Game 2 (Chowan) Notes/Stats:
3 touchdowns following Chowan turnovers.
Season-high 4 sacks against Chowan (Bryan; Ogunjobi; Fleming; Thomson)
Linebacker Micah Bryan vs. Chowan (6 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack, 1 int, 1 FF, 1 FR)
KR Mikel Hunter posted 49ers first kickoff return for TD with a 96 yard return.
QB Matt Johnson set a school record with 5 touchdown passes vs. Chowan.
P Brandon Strupp pinned 3-of-5 punts inside the 20; added season long of 54 yds.
* 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.
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: 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)