vs. #24/#25 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (4-1)
Oct. 5, 2013; 12:00 p.m.
McColl-Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium (15,314, turf)
Radio: ESPN 730 (Matt Swierad; Kevin Donnalley, Bobby Rosinski)
TV: WCCB-TV (Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Brandon Davidow, Jon Wilson)


Charlotte (3-2) returns home to face Gardner-Webb (4-1) after playing consecutive games on the road. Charlotte split the two road games, defeating Presbyterian 45-21 and falling to #16/17 James Madison, 34-7.

Gardner-Webb, ranked 24th and 25th in the national polls, is the first ranked opponent to visit Jerry Richardson Stadium. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank fifth in the FCS in Team Defense (275.0 yd/gm) and fifth in 3rd Down Defense (.254 allowed). They have won three straight games, including top 15 victories over Richmond (W, 12-10) and Wofford (W, 3-0).

Charlotte ranks first in the FCS in fumbles recovered (10) and turnovers forced (19), fifth in interceptions (9) and fourth 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; Presbyterian) freshmen or red-shirt freshmen in each of its games. While the 49ers average 14.4 Fr./R-Fr starters, in five games, opponents totalled 12 Fr./R-Fr. starters, averaging just 2.4.

Charlotte’s uptempo offense is averaging 77.0 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU. The 49ers average 445.4 yards per game.

QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 10th in the FCS in passing TDs (11), 13th in yards passing (1240) and 21st in completion pct. (.652).

Team Leaders:

Passing: Matt Johnson 1240 yds (10-5-161; 248.0/gm; 11 TD)

Rushing: Alan Barnwell 285 yds (61 carries; 4.7 avg.; 2 TD)

Kalif Phillips 289 yds (55 carries; 5.1 avg.; 3 TD)

Receiving: Austin Duke 291 yds (26 catches; 11.2 avg.; 4 TD)

Trent Bostick 287 yds (21 catches; 13.7 avg.; 3 TD)

Touchdowns: Austin Duke 4 TDs (18th in FCS)

Tackles: Martay Mattox 40 tackles

Tackles for loss: Terry Caldwell 7.5 TFL (23rd in FCS)

QB Sacks: Devon Johnson 2.0

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

PC: Devon Johnson, DE


ESPN Top 10: Mark Hogan’s Interception for historic first TD in inaugural game

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): #6/#9 Coastal Carolina, #24/#25 Gardner-Webb and RV/RV Charleston Southern. James Madison was #16/#17 vs. 49ers.

Quick Notes:

3 of the next 4 opponents, including Gardner-Webb, are either ranked or receiving votes in the FCS National polls ... Charlotte recorded 505 yards of total offense at PC -- the 2nd game this year with over 500 yards of offense (533, NCCU)... Charlotte had a season-high 6 offensive TDs at PC (3 rush; 3 pass) ... Charlotte rushed for a season-high 236 yards at PC ... RB Alan Barnwell, who had three rushes for 15 or more yards, set a new 49ers record with 88 yards on the ground ... Charlotte had 11 plays of 15 or more yards -- and each came on a scoring drive ... Matt Johnson threw 7 passes for gains of 15 or more (3 to Trent Bostick; 2 to Justin Bolus) ... the longest play was a 53-yard TD strike from Matt Johnson to Mikel Hunter -- the longest reception and TD reception in 49ers history ... the win at PC was the 49ers first on the road, first on grass and the first in which the 49ers trailed ... Charlotte converted 50% of its 3rd downs (6-of-12), matching its best rate this year -- and also went 2-for-2 on 4th down conversions ... the 49ers are 14-of-14 on red-zone conversions in its three wins (5-of-5 vs. PC) ... 21 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss ... Charlotte, which leads the FCS in fumbles recovered (10) went without a recovery at PC ... Charlotte has outscored opponents 55-34 in the first quarter ... Charlotte owns a +5 turnover margin and ranks 1st in the FCS in turnovers forced (19) ... 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 11 of 12 quarters ... Charlotte has scored on its first possession in 3 of 5 games.

Gold Rush:

Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in each of its five games, with a high of three against PC. The team’s 8 rushing TD’s have come from five different players: Kalif Phillips, 3; Alan Barnwell, 2; Corey Nesmith Jr.; Lee McNeill and Matt Johnson.

Scoring Spread:

Charlotte has scored 21 touchdowns. 11 have come on passes, 8 on rushes, one from the defense and one on a kickoff return.


In their three wins, the 49ers are a perfect 14-of-14 on red zone conversions (5-5 vs. Campbell; 4-4 vs. Chowan; 5-5 at PC), scoring 10 touchdowns; 4 FGs.


The 49ers defense put points on the board (interception return for TD vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan) in two wins and created11 turnovers in the 3 W’s.

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 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 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 TD 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 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 5 (W, at PC) Notes/Stats:

49ers post their first road win; first win on on grass and 1st win while trailing.

Six Offensive TDs are most in 49ers history

49ers set records for rushing yards, team (236) and individual (Alan Barnwell, 88)

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.

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