Sept. 28, 2013; 2:00 p.m.

Bailey Memorial Stadium (6500, natural grass)


Radio: ESPN 730  (Matt Swierad; Kevin Donnalley, Bobby Rosinski)

Video Broadcast: ESPN3 (Evan Lepler, Nate Ross)




Charlotte (2-2) plays its second straight game on the road when it travels to Presbyterian (1-2), Saturday at 2 p.m.  The 49ers lost 34-7 at 16th-ranked James Madison, last Saturday, in the program’s first road game and first game against a ranked opponent. 


Presbyterian is 1-2 with a home win over Brevard (42-24) and road losses at Wake Forest (31-7) and Furman (21-20).  Presbyterian averages 149 rushing yards per game and 119.3 passing yards.


Charlotte ranks first in the FCS in fumbles recovered (10) and turnovers forced (17) and sixth in tackles for loss (9.5/gm).  Charlotte has piled up 1722 yards of total offense (430.5/gm) and rank 6th in the FCS in first downs (97).


Charlotte has started 14 (Chowan; NCCU; JMU) or 15 (Campbell) freshmen or red-shirt freshmen in each of its games.  While the 49ers have averaged 14.3 Fr./R-Fr starters, in four games, opponents have totalled 12 Fr./R-Fr. starters, averaging 3.0 Fr./R-Fr. starters. 


Charlotte’s uptempo offense is averaging 79.5 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU and a low of 70 vs. #16 James Madison.


QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 14th in the nation 971 yards passing.  LB Terry Caldwell ranks 20th in tackles for loss/gm (1.6).


Team Leaders:

    Passing:                   Matt Johnson 971 yds (90-137; 242.8/gm; 8 TD)

    Rushing:                  Alan Barnwell 210 yds (44 carries; 4.5 avg.; 1 TD)

                                     Kalif Phillips 208 yds (43 carries; 4.7 avg.; 1 TD)

    Receiving:                Austin Duke 254 yds (21 catches; 12.1 avg.; 3 TD)

    Touchdowns:           Austin Duke 3 TDs

    Tackles:                   Martay Mattox 32 tackles

    Tackles for loss:       Terry Caldwell 6.5 TFL

    QB Sacks:                7 players with 1.0 (20th in FCS)

    QB Hurries:              Larry Ogunjobi 3

    Fumble recoveries:  3 players with 2

                                     (Caldwell; Clayton-Molby; D. Johnson)

    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



Charlotte has four teams on its 2013 schedule that appear in the current national polls (FCS Coaches/Sports Network):  #11/#12 Coastal Carolina, #16/#17 James Madison; RV/#25 Gardner-Webb and NR/RV Charleston Southern.


Quick Notes:

At Presbyterian, charlotte will play its first game on natural grass ... against JMU, the 49ers allowed season-highs in total offense (522) and yards rushing (321) and had season lows in total offense (231), yards rushing (133) and yards passing (98) ... The 49ers, who rank 6th in the FCS in tackles for loss (9.5/gm), had 9.0 TFL at JMU, their second-most this season ... 19 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss ... Charlotte, which leads the FCS in fumbles recovered, has recovered at least 2 fumbles in each game and 3 in each of the last two games ... at JMU, QB Matt Johnson became the 5th different 49er to rush for a TD and led the rushing attack with a season-high 21 carries for 51 yards  ...  Charlotte had 118 tackles as a team, easily breaking the earlier season-high of 78 vs. Campbell ... S Martay Mattox topped the team with 18 tackles -- also a season-high ... Charlotte has outscored opponents 48-20 in the first quarter ... Charlotte owns a +4 turnover margin and ranks 1st in the FCS in turnovers forced (17) ...  Mikel Hunter leads the 49ers with 487 all-purpose yards, including 250 on kick-off returns ... the 49ers have scored TD’s in each facet of the game: offense passing (8), offense rushing (5), defense (1), special teams (1) ... In wins, Charlotte has scored TDs in each of the 8 quarters and on its first possession ... Charlotte has scored on its first possession in 3 of 4 games.


Gold Rush:  Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in each of its four games.  The team’s 5 rushing TD’s have come from five different players:  Kalif Phillips (vs. Campbell), Corey Nesmith Jr. (vs. Chowan), Alan Barnwell and Lee McNeill (vs. NCCU), and Matt Johnson (James Madison).


Scoring Spread:  Charlotte has scored 15 touchdowns. Eight have come on passes, five on rushes, one from the defense and one on a kickoff return.


Perfect: In their two wins, the 49ers are a perfect 9-of-9 on red zone conversions (5-5 vs. Campbell; 4-4 vs. Chowan), scoring 6 touchdowns; 3 FGs.


Defense: In each of the two wins, the 49ers defense put points on the board (interception return for TD vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan) and created 9 turnovers.


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.


Weekly Honors:

Madness FCS Independent Awards:

       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 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 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.


       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 3 games

       Trent Bostick, WR                          Started all 3 games

       Blake Brewer, K                             4-5 FG; 12-13 PAT

       Devin Pearson, CB                         Played in 1 game (NCCU)

       Kalif Phillips, RB                            Played in all 3 games

       Keaston Sinicki, LS                                    Played in all 3 games

       Wolfgang Zacherl, OL                    Played in all 3 games


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.

JMU had 522 yards of total offense, the most by a 49ers opponent

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.

Charlotte had 9.0 tackles for loss - the second most this season

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