Post-Game Notes:  Charlotte vs. North Carolina Central; Sept. 14, 2013

NCCU 40     Charlotte 13

The 49ers ran a season-high 106 plays, accumulated a season-high 533 yards of total offense and a high of 31 first downs.

Charlotte had a season-high 7 turnovers (5 interceptions; 2 fumbles)

The loss to NCCU was the 49ers first of the season, marked the 49ers first game in which they trailed, and the first game in which they did not have a passing touchdown.

New single-game records were set for rushing yards (Kalif Phillips, 85) and receiving yards (Austin Duke, 97).

QB Matt Johnson completed a season-high 35 passes for a season-high 335 yards.

Terry Caldwell led the 49ers with seven tackles, including three tackles for loss – matching the season-high of 3 set by Greg Cunningham against Chowan.

P Brandon Strupp had a season-high avg of 40.5 yards per punt against NCCU including a season-best long of 55.

Did you know: 14 of the 49ers 22 starters were freshmen and/or red-shirt freshmen.  NCCU started five freshmen and/or red-shirt freshmen.

FCS National Ranks (of 114 teams) thru week 3:

Team:           1st in fumbles recovered, 7

                       1st in turnovers forced, 12

                       3rd in team tackles for loss, 9.7 tfl

                       3rd in first downs:  83

                       8th in total offense: 497.0/game

Individual:     5th in passing yards: Matt Johnson, 873 yards

                       8th in passes completed:  Matt Johnson, 25.67/gm

                       6th in tackles for loss:  Terry Caldwell, 2.2/gm

Season Notes:

The 49ers have scored a rushing touchdown in each game that they have played.

After three games, slot receiver Austin Duke leads the 49ers with three touchdowns.

The 49ers have four rushing touchdowns and all four have come from different players (Phillips, Nesmith, Barnwell, McNeill)

Linebacker Mark Hogan leads the 49ers with two interceptions – one in each of the first two games.

Linebackers Micah Bryan and Terry Caldwell lead the 49ers with 21 tackles apiece.

Charlotte is a perfect 9-for-9 in red zone conversions in games won

Charlotte has scored touchdowns on its opening offensive possession of both of its wins.

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 2 of 3 games (pick 6 vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan).

Charlotte owns a +7 turnover margin in wins; a -4 margin in losses