CHARLOTTE 49ER NOTES:
Charlotte (4-3) travels to Charleston Southern, Oct. 26, following the team’s first bye week. The 49ers’ first-year program had games in each of the first seven weeks of the season. The Charleston Southern game begins a final stretch in which the 49ers play three of their last four games on the road. Charlotte is 1-1 away from Jerry Richardson Stadium and 3-2 at home this year.
Charleston Southern is the 49ers’ third of four nationally-ranked FCS opponents (1-1; H: 1-0; A: 0-1). The 49ers lost at #16/#17 James Madison, 34-7 and came from behind to defeat #24/#25 Gardner-Webb, 53-51. The 49ers will also play at #3/#6 Coastal Carolina, Nov. 2. In addition, UNC Pembroke and Wesley College are ranked in their respective Div. II and Div. III National polls.
CSU is the 49ers third of four Big South teams on the schedule. The 49ers are 2-0 with wins at Presbyterian and over Gardner-Webb. Coastal Carolina will be the fourth Big South opponent.
Charlotte is playing just its third road game. The 49ers are 1-1 on the road with that loss at #16/#17 JMU and an FCS road win at Presbyterian (45-21). Charlotte plays at Coastal Carolina, Nov. 2 and after the final home game vs. Wesley, concludes its inaugural season at Morehead State.
Charlotte ranks second in the FCS in takeaways (23), third in fumbles recovered (12), eighth in interceptions (11) and 10th in tackles for loss (7.9/gm). Charlotte averages 456.4 yards of total offense (18th) and ranks 14th in the FCS in first downs (171) and 10th in fewest sacks allowed (0.71).
Passing: Matt Johnson 1860 yds (157-246; 265.7/gm; 19 TD)
Rushing: Alan Barnwell 431 yds (88 carries; 4.9 avg.; 3 TD)
Kalif Phillips 382 yds (80 carries; 4.8 avg.; 4 TD)
Receiving: Austin Duke 504 yds (41 catches; 12.3 avg.; 6 TD)
Trent Bostick 414 yds (31 catches; 13.4 avg.; 4 TD)
Touchdowns: Austin Duke 6 TDs (15th in FCS)
Tackles: Martay Mattox 56 tackles
Solo Tackles: Micah Bryan 38 solo tackles (10th in FCS, 6.3/gm)
Tackles for loss: Terry Caldwell 7.5 TFL
QB Sacks: Devon Johnson 2.0
QB Hurries: Brandon Banks; Larry Ogunjobi, 6
Fumble recoveries: Caleb Clayton-Molby, 3 (7th in FCS, 0.50)
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
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 77.1 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU. The 49ers have had 280 rushing plays (188.6 yds/gm) and 260 passing plays (267.9 yds/gm). QB Matt Johnson ranks 10th in the FCS with 1860 passing yards. The 49ers rank 21st in the FCS with 456.4 average yards of total offense.
CSU, meanwhile, has rushed 401 times and passed 141 times. In an average of 67.8 plays per game, they put up 358.1 yards of total offense, with the bulk (229.5) coming from the running game. CSU’s defense allows just 350.4 yards of total offense -- and only 155.4 on the ground.
CSU hold foes to just 27% success on third down (24-of-88). The Buccaneers, in turn, have converted 93% of their red-zone opportunities (25-of-27). CSU has committed just six turnovers.
Charlotte has four teams on its 2013 schedule that appear in the national polls (FCS Coaches/Sports Network) -- including its next two games: at #24/RV Charleston Southern and at #4/#6 Coastal Carolina. Gardner-Webb was #24/#25 and James Madison was #16/#17 when they played the 49ers.
QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 4th in the FCS in passing TDs (19), 16th in yards passing (1860), 16th in yards/game (265.7) and 14th in completions/gm (22.4) ... Charlotte has put up 450 or more yards in each of its four wins; less than 400 in two of its three losses ... the 49ers have surpassed 500 yards three times (2-1), this year ... three of the 49ers last 4 opponents have totalled 500+ yards of offense (1-2) ... 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 ... the 49ers have allowed 400+ yards passing the last two games (UNCP, 403; GWU, 416) ... opponents have scored on their opening offensive drive in each of the last 4 games .... 22 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss (49ers rank 10th in FCS in TFL) ... Charlotte is 2nd in the FCS in takeaways (23) and 3rd in fumbles recovered (12) ... Charlotte has outscored opponents by 32 points (66-34) in the 4th quarter ... 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 7 games.
Gold Rush:Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in six of seven games, with a high of three against Presbyterian. 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 31 touchdowns. 19 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 66-34; held foes to 35% success on third-down conversions (9-26; .346) and allowed no 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 15 Fr./r-Fr starters (2.1/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.