CHARLOTTE 49ER NOTES:
Charlotte (4-2) completes a two-game homestand when they face UNC Pembroke, Saturday at noon. The Braves (4-0) are unbeaten and ranked (13/14) in the Division II AFCA Coaches /D2football.com polls. Charlotte is coming off a 53-51 comeback victory over #24/#25 Gardner Webb -- the first-year program’s first-ever win over a nationally-ranked FCS program. Charlotte trailed by 21, 45-24, heading into the 4th quarter.
Charlotte has won back-to-back games for the second time this season and is looking for its first three-game win streak. Charlotte is 3-1 in four home games and is playing its fifth home game in its opening seven contests. The 49ers finish the season with 3 of their final 4 games on the road.
Charlotte will have its first bye week following the UNC Pembroke game. UNC Pembroke, which is coming off a bye week, is the second opponent to play the 49ers after a bye. Presbyterian also had a bye week before playing the 49ers. Charlotte won that road game, 45-21.
Charlotte ranks first in the FCS in takeaways (22) and fumbles recovered (12), fourth in interceptions (10) and 11th in tackles for loss (8.0/gm). Charlotte averages 468.8 yards of total offense (17th in FCS) and ranks 2nd in the FCS in first downs (152).
Charlotte’s uptempo offense is averaging 79.0 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU. The 49ers have had 254 rushing plays and 220 passing plays. QB Matt Johnson ranks 10th in the FCS with 1582 passing yards.
Passing: Matt Johnson 1582 yds (132-206; 263.7/gm; 16 TD)
Rushing: Alan Barnwell 382 yds (79 carries; 4.8 avg.; 3 TD)
Kalif Phillips 355 yds (69 carries; 5.1 avg.; 4 TD)
Receiving: Trent Bostick 394 yds (30 catches; 13.1 avg.; 4 TD)
Austin Duke 376 yds (32 catches; 11.8 avg.; 6 TD)
Touchdowns: Austin Duke 6 TDs (6th in FCS)
Tackles: Martay Mattox 49 tackles
Tackles for loss: Terry Caldwell 7.5 TFL (21st in FCS)
QB Sacks: Devon Johnson 2.0
QB Hurries: Brandon Banks, 6
Fumble recoveries: Caleb Clayton-Molby, 3.0 (11th in FCS)
Interceptions: Mark Hogan; Terrance Winchester 2
#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
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
Charlotte has four teams on its 2013 schedule that appear in the national polls (FCS Coaches/Sports Network) -- including its next two games: at #6/#9 Coastal Carolina and at RV/RV Charleston Southern. Gardner-Webb was #24/#25 and James Madison was #16/#17 when they played the 49ers.
QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 3rd in the FCS in passing TDs (16), 10th in yards passing (1582) and 17th in completions/gm (22.0) ... Charlotte has put up 500 yards of total offense in each of its last two games (505 v PC; 586 v #24 GWU) ... the 49ers have surpassed 500 yards three times, this year ... 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 ... RB Alan Barnwell, who had a record 56-yard TD run, set a new 49ers record with 97 yards on the ground ... Charlotte scored 38 straight points to overturn a 14-7 deficit at PC and 29 straight in the 4th quarter comeback vs. #24/#25 GWU ... 21 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss (49ers rank 11th in FCS in TFL) ... Charlotte, which leads the FCS in fumbles recovered (12) had two vs. #24/#25 GWU ... Charlotte has outscored opponents 59-27 in the 4th quarter ... Charlotte allows 40% success on 3rd down in the second half (46% for the game) and an incredible 29% (6-of-21) in the 4th quarter ... Charlotte owns a +8 turnover margin to rank 11th in FCS (1.3/gm)and ranks 1st in the FCS in turnovers forced (22) ... 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 of 6 games.
Gold Rush:Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in each of its six games, with a high of three against PC. The team’s 10 rushing TD’s have come from five different players: Kalif Phillips, 4; Alan Barnwell, 3; Corey Nesmith Jr.; Lee McNeill and Matt Johnson.
Scoring Spread:Charlotte has scored 28 touchdowns. 16 have come on passes, 10 on rushes, one from the defense and one on a kickoff return.
4th Quarter:In the 4th quarter, Charlotte has outscored opponents 59-27; held foes to 29% (6-21; .286) success on third-down conversions and not allowed more than 7 points.
Defense:The 49ers defense put points on the board (interception return for TD vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan; GWU) in three wins and created14 turnovers in the 3 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 14.2 Fr/r-FR while opponents have totalled just 13 Fr./r-Fr starters (2.2/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 starting 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.
Madness FCS Independent Awards:
Week 6:Matt Johnson, Offensive Player of the Week
(27-of-46; 342 yds; 5 TDs)
Week 5:Matt Johnson, Offensive Player of the Week
(15-for-23; 269 yds; 3 TDs)
Week 2:Micah Bryan, Defensive Player of the Week
(6 tackles, 2 TFL, one sack, one fumble recovery, one INT)
Week 1: Mark Hogan, Defensive Player of the Week
(One INT, returned 32 yards for TD; 49ers first-ever TD; 6 tackles)
College Football Performance Awards:
Week 6:Matt Johnson, Hon. Ment. QB of the Week (27-46; 342 yds; 5 TD)
Week 3: Terry Caldwell, Hon. Ment. Def. of Week (7 tkl, 3 tfl, 1 fum rec.)
Week 2: Mikel Hunter, National Kickoff Returner of the Week
(96 yard Kickoff return for Touchdown)
Matt Johnson, Honorable Mention QB of Week (5 TD’s)
Week 1: Blake Brewer, Honorable Mention K of Week (3-3 FG; 5-5 PAT)
• 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 Bostic: 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 5 gms; 8 tkl; 1.0 TFL
Trent Bostick, WR Started all 5 gms; 287 yds; 13.7/rec; 3 TD
Blake Brewer, K 5-7 FG; 19-20 PAT
Devin Pearson, CB started 2 gms (JMU; PC); 14 tkls; 1.0 sk
Kalif Phillips, RB Played all 5 gms; 280 yds; 56.0/gm; 3 TD
Keaston Sinicki, LS Played in all 5 games
Wolfgang Zacherl, OL Played in all 5 games
Game 6 (W, vs. #24/#25 GWU) Notes/Stats:
49ers post first win over a ranked FCS opponent
GWU is first ranked opponent to visit Jerry Richardson Stadium
Charlotte trailed by 21 (45-24) heading into the 4th quarter
Charlotte scored 28 straight points; including 22-0 run over 3:01 spread
Seven Offensive TDs are most in 49ers history
49ers set records for rushing yards, team (244) and individual (Alan Barnwell, 97)
Matt Johnson matched own record with 5 TD passes
Alan Barnwell set record for longest rush; longest TD rush (56 yds)
49ers scored two 4th quarter TD’s on one-play drives
48-yd pass to Bostick; 56-yard run by Barnwell
The two teams totalled records of 104 points and 1163 yards of total offense
13 49ers starters were freshmen or red-shirt freshmen (GWU 1)
Game 5 (W, at PC) Notes/Stats:
49ers post their first road win; first win on on grass and 1st win while trailing.
Charlotte trailed 14-7 before running off 38 consecutive points
Matt Johnson threw for 3 TDs, Kalif Phillips ran for 2 and Barnwell ran for 1
Charlotte had 11 plays of 15 or more yards (with record 53-yd TD pass to M. Hunter)
The 49ers did not force a fumble but did have 2 picks (Cooper; Norman)
Charlotte was 5-of-5 in the red-zone (4 TD; 1 FG)
PC had 120 yds on its first 2 drives (2 TDs); 115 on its next 8 (all 35 yds or less)
15 49ers starters were freshmen or red-shirt freshmen (PC 0)
Game 4 (L, at #16/#17 JMU) Notes/Stats:
49ers played their first road game and their first ranked opponent.
Charlotte scored 30 seconds into the game, the fastest TD in school history
JMU scored 4 rushing TD’s and had 321 yards on the ground.
Charlotte forced 5 turnovers and stopped JMU three times on 4th down attempts
Charlotte had season-lows in rushing (133), passing (98) and total offense (231).
S Martay Mattox led the 49ers with 18 tackles, a 49ers season-high.
QB Matt Johnson scored the lone TD, becoming 5th 49er to run for a TD, this year.
14 49ers starters were freshmen or red-shirt freshmen (JMU 4)
Game 3 (L, vs. NCCU) Notes/Stats:
49ers amassed season-high 533 yards on season-high 106 offensive plays
49ers committed a season-high 7 turnovers (5 interceptions; 2 fumbles)
49ers first loss of the season and first game in which they trailed
Single game records for rushing (Kalif Phillips, 85) and receiving (Austin Duke, 97)
QB Matt Johnson season-high 31 completions for season-high 335 yards
P Brandon Strupp avg. 40.5 per kick, with season-long of 55
14 49ers starters were freshmen or red-shirt freshmen (NCCU 5)
Game 2 (W, vs. 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
14 49ers starters were freshmen or red-shirt freshmen (Chowan 2)
Game 1 (W vs. Campbell) 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)
15 49ers starters were freshmen or red-shirt freshmen (Campbell 1)
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
Earning Spots:Head coach Brad Lambert announced that three players have been awarded scholarships after first joining the team as walk-ons:
Nico Alcalde, R-Fr., OLB (Fairfax, Va./Chantilly)
Danny Book, R-So., OT (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge/Albany)
Corey Nesmith Jr., R-Fr., SR (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg)