Red-shirt sophomore Hasaan Klugh switched teams just in time to lead the Green Squad on a game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Klugh hit Trent Bostick for a 38-yard TD to give the Green a 14-7 victory over the White team in the 49ers 4th Annual Green-White Spring Game, Saturday night.
The game marked the end of the spring practice season for the 49ers, who will be playing their second season at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA, this fall.
"Our guys have been through the league now. We won two -- I felt there were four that we left out there," head coach Brad Lambert said. "I feel good about the way last year went. We've got a lot of age. We brought in a lot of new guys that have fit in good with our team. We've got a lot of confidence going into the summer."
One of the new guys, Kevin Olsen, who was tabbed as starting quarterback on Thursday, hit 14-of-18 passes for 163 yards with two interceptions. Klugh, who sat out last year as a transfer from NC A&T, was a combined 4-for-16 for 104 yards with two TDs and one interception. Klugh hit red-shirt sophomore slot receiver MarkQuattlebaum for a 49-yard TD pass for the White team's lone score to tie the game in the third quarter.
The Green team had taken a 7-0 lead on red-shirt senior Matt Johnson's one-yard run in the second quarter. Johnson, the 49ers all-time leading passer, has moved to running back for his final season.
Johnson and all-Conference USA running back Kalif Phillips both had 31 yards rushing for the Green team. Red-shirt freshman Alex Barrow added 30 yards. Red-shirt senior Austin Duke led the Green with 41 receiving yards, including a 36-yard connection with Olsen. Quattlebaum had a game-high 63 receiving yards for the White team.
Linebackers Jordan Starnes and Justin Bridges-Thompson led the Green with four tackles and one sack apiece. Alex Highsmith (8) and Nafees Lyon (7) led the White defense in tackles. White team defensive back Alex Duncan had an interception on the first play from scrimmage and also recovered a fumble in the endzone to thwart a pair of Green possessions. Cam Darley added an INT for the White defense while Connor Dulmage had a pick for Green.
"This class -- - we want to give them every opportunity to go out on top," Lambert said of his senior class. "They took a risk on us. The first class will always be real special to us. They took a risk. There was nothing here. No buildings. No football stadium. We want to make sure we put them in position. We've got to have a great summer. You've got to go out and grind. It's a tough process to go through to put yourself in position to be successful in September."
Charlotte looks towards 2016 with 17 returning starters and 21 players who were part of the 49ers first-ever team that practiced throughout the 2012 season in preparation for the inaugural season in 2013.