2013 Charlotte 49ers football team

The 2013 Charlotte 49ers football team represented the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (also called Charlotte or UNC Charlotte) in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. 2013 was the inaugural season for 49ers football and they were classified as an FCS independent school, meaning they had no athletic conference affiliation for the 2013 season.[1][2] The team was led by first time head coach Brad Lambert and played its home games on campus at the newly built Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the team was in their two-year transition period before reclassifying to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), they were ineligible to participate in the FCS playoffs.

2013 Charlotte 49ers football
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ConferenceIndependent
2013 record5–6
Head coachBrad Lambert (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJeff Mullen (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBruce Tall (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumJerry Richardson Stadium
(Capacity: 15,314)
Seasons
2014 →
2013 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Old Dominion           8 4  
Abilene Christian           6 5  
Incarnate Word           6 5  
Monmouth           6 6  
Charlotte           5 6  
Houston Baptist           3 4  
  • Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word ineligible for FCS playoffs as part of reclassification from Division II
    • Charlotte and Old Dominion ineligible for FCS playoffs as part of FBS transition
    • Houston Baptist ineligible for FCS playoffs due to playing only a partial exhibition schedule

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Charlotte
Alma Mater
Brad Lambert Head coach 1 Kansas State (1987)
Jeff Mullen Offensive coordinator 1 Wittenberg (1990)
Bruce Tall Defensive coordinator 1 Ohio Wesleyan (1982)
Phil Ratliff Offensive line/Recruiting coordinator 1 Marshall (1994)
James Adams Secondary 1 Wake Forest (2006)
Drew Dayton Inside linebackers 1 Wake Forest (2003)
Damien Gary Running backs 1 Georgia (2005)
Johnson Richardson Tight ends 1 Wofford (2010)
John Russell, Jr. Secondary 1 Wake Forest (2010)
Napoleon Sykes Outside linebackers 1 Wake Forest (2006)
Joe Tereshinski III Wide receivers 1 Georgia (2006)
Reference:[3]

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

H-Back H-Back Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruiting classesEdit

Charlotte's first recruiting class was signed in 2012. The entire first recruiting class was red-shirted, as the 49ers would not play until the 2013 season.

The following recruits signed their letters of intent with the Charlotte 49ers football program for the 2013 recruiting year.

PlayersEdit

Player notesEdit

Starting redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Johnson of Maiden, North Carolina was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List.[4]

Player gameday honorsEdit

Wearing Jersey #49 Position Game Jersey Name Game Captains Flag Carriers
Larry Ogunjobi NT Campbell Grit Daniel Blitch, Desmond Cooper,
Mikel Hunter, Martay Mattox
Brandon Banks, Jamal Covington,
Thomas La Bianca
Caleb Clayton-Molby LB Chowan Leadership Danny Book, Micah Bryan,
C.J. Crawford, Mark Hogan
Alan Barnwell, Blake Brewer,
James Middleton
Mikel Hunter WR NC Central Determination Matt Johnson, C.J. Crawford,
Brandon Banks, Micah Bryan
Mason Sledge, Terry Caldwell,
Trent Bostick
Danny Book RT James Madison Opportunity Daniel Blitch, C.J. Crawford,
Nico Alcalde, Mark Hogan
Kalif Phillips, Devin Pearson,
Brandon Banks
Devon Johnson DE Presbyterian Determination Jamal Covington, C.J. Crawford,
Mark Hogan, Martay Mattox
Kalif Phillips, Keaston Sinicki,
Daquan Lucas
Thomas La Bianca C Gardner-Webb Grit C.J. Crawford, Mikel Hunter,
Mark Hogan, Devon Johnson
Justin Bolus, Caleb Clayton-Molby,
Cortezz Nixon
Alan Barnwell RB UNC Pembroke Determination Mikel Hunter, C.J. Crawford,
Caleb Clayton-Molby, Mark Hogan
Daniel Blitch, Desmond Cooper,
Brandon Strupp
Keaston Sinicki LS Charleston Southern Determination Brandon Banks, Jamal Covington,
Matt Johnson, Brandon Strupp
Justin Bolus, James Middleton,
Lee McNeill
Nico Alcalde LB Coastal Carolina Determination Desmond Cooper, Caleb Clayton-Molby,
C.J. Crawford, Jamal Covington
Larry Ogunjobi, Austin Duke,
Demarrell Alexander
Mark Hogan LB Wesley Leadership C.J. Crawford, Mark Hogan, Mikel Hunter,
Zeb Little, Alex Petzke, Brandon Strupp
Caleb Clayton-Mobly, Kalif Phillips,
Keaston Sinicki
Casey Perry OT Morehead State Leadership C.J. Crawford, Mikel Hunter,
Mark Hogan, Caleb Clayton-Molby
Jamal Covington, Mark Pettit,
Lee McNeill
Reference:[5]

RosterEdit

2013 Charlotte 49ers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Will Thomas RFr
WR 4 Corey Nesmith Jr. RFr
QB 5 Lee McNeill RFr
QB 8 Matt Johnson RFr
WR 9 Jamel Ross   RFr
WR 10 Austin Duke RFr
H-Back 12 C.J. Crawford RSr
H-Back 15 Justin Bolus RFr
QB 16 Danny Karrs   Fr
H-Back 17 Joc Watkins   Fr
WR 18 Mikel Hunter RSr
QB 19 Patrick O'Brien RSo
RB 22 Donjore Gainey RFr
RB 24 Alan Barnwell RFr
RB 25 Kalif Phillips Fr
RB 30 Quintin Gay RJr
RB 32 Damarrell Alexander RSo
WR 35 Steve Hodgson   Fr
H-Back 47 Mark Montini RJr
G 50 Jarred Barr RFr
OL 53 Eric Herkley So
C 55 Mason Sledge RFr
C 60 Cody Brown RFr
OL 61 Zach Thomas RSo
OL 63 Cameron Curlings RFr
OL 64 Thomas Frazier RSo
OL 66 Joe Wolljung RFr
OL 67 Mitch Monska RFr
OL 68 Daniel Book RSo
OT 70 Casey Perry RFr
OL 71 Zach Bumgarner RFr
G 72 Tevin Lawshe   Fr
OT 73 Jamal Covington RFr
G 74 Thomas LaBianca RFr
OT 75 Eugene German Fr
OT 76 Daniel Blitch RJr
OT 77 Wolfgang Zacherl Fr
OT 78 Kyle Hoffman RFr
OT 79 Jeff Walker   Fr
WR 80 Reggie Woods   Fr
WR 81 Trent Bostick Fr
H-Back 82 Jason Eury RFr
WR 83 Emmitt Afam   Fr
WR 84 Darris Smalls RFr
WR 85 Luke Sonricker RJr
WR 86 Zach Ferguson RFr
WR 87 E.J. Rhinehart RFr
WR 88 Demarjai Devine Jr
H-Back 89 Elijah Roberson RFr
H-Back 90 Peter Fields RSo
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 3 Kariym Gent RFr
LB 6 Terry Caldwell RFr
LB 7 Jalen Holt RFr
LB 9 Mark Hogan RSr
LB 11 Mark Pettit RFr
FS 13 Desmond Cooper RJr
DE 14 Tank Norman RFr
SS 20 Martay Mattox Jr
FS 21 Prince Mayela RFr
FS 23 Daquan Lucas RFr
CB 26 Cortezz Nixon RSo
CB 27 Terrance Winchester RFr
DE 28 Greg Cunningham Jr. RFr
LB 29 Micah Bryan RJr
SS 31 Alex Petzke RSr
LB 34 Nico Alcalde RFr
SS 36 Nick Halmon   Fr
FS 37 Sam Dexter RFr
LB 38 Zeb Little RSr
CB 40 Ardy Holmes RSo
FS 41 Jordan Abrams RFr
LB 42 Caleb Clayton-Mobly Jr
LB 43 Tyler DeStefani RJr
LB 44 Kendal Parker RFr
CB 45 Devin Pearson Fr
LB 46 DaQuavius Reid RFr
DE 50 Karrington King   Fr
LB 51 Robert Williams RSo
LB 52 Brandon Rodriguez RFr
LB 54 Jordan Starnes   Fr
DE 56 Fletcher O'Neil   RSo
LB 57 Justin Bridges-Thompson Fr
LB 58 Dustin Crouser   Fr
DE 59 Payton Thomson RFr
NT 65 Larry Ogunjobi RFr
DE 91 Nick Carroll   Fr
DE 92 James Middleton RFr
NT 93 Hayden Beck RFr
DE 94 Kyle Taylor RFr
DE 95 Devin Clegg RFr
DE 96 Devon Johnson   Jr
NT 97 Tanner Flemming RFr
DE 98 Josh Tann   RSo
DE 99 Brandon Banks RFr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 33 Brandon Strupp RSr
LS 48 Keaston Sinicki Fr
K 62 Hayden Pezzoni RFr
K 69 Stephen Muscarello RFr
K 86 Blake Brewer Fr
P 97 Garrett Stuart RFr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

[6]


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: April 12, 2015

Depth chartEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3112:00 pmCampbellWCCB[7]W 52–716,630A
September 712:00 pmChowan
  • Jerry Richardson Stadium
  • Charlotte, NC
WCCBW 47–716,598
September 1412:00 pmNorth Carolina Central
  • Jerry Richardson Stadium
  • Charlotte, NC
WCCBL 13–4016,630A
September 216:00 pmat No. 15[8] James MadisonL 7–3418,302
September 282:00 pmat PresbyterianESPN3W 45–215,268
October 512:00 pmNo. 25[9] Gardner–Webb
  • Jerry Richardson Stadium
  • Charlotte, NC
WCCBW 53–5112,222
October 1212:00 pmNo. 13 (D2)[10] UNC Pembroke 
  • Jerry Richardson Stadium
  • Charlotte, NC
WCCBL 22–4516,630A
October 261:30 pmat No. 24[11] Charleston SouthernL 14–364,319
November 23:00 pmat No. 3[12] Coastal CarolinaWCCB, WFXB, WOLO[13]L 25–509,221
November 912:00 pmNo. 20 (D3)[14] Wesley
  • Jerry Richardson Stadium
  • Charlotte, NC
WCCBL 28–3514,534
November 231:00 pmat Morehead StateW 61–171,443

TelevisionEdit

Local TV coverage was provided on WCCB with Sam Smith calling play-by-play. Former Carolina Panther Quarterback Brett Basanez and Jeff Zell with color commentary; and Brandon Davidow from the sideline.[15]

RadioEdit

Radio coverage for all games was broadcast by IMG College through the Charlotte 49ers Radio Network flagship station WZGV ESPN 730. The radio announcers were Matt Swierad with play-by-play, former Carolina Panther Kevin Donnalley with color commentary, and Bobby Rosinski with sideline reports.[16][17]

Game summariesEdit

Campbell Fighting CamelsEdit

Campbell vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
Camels 0 700 7
49ers 22 13107 52
  • Date: August 31
  • Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
  • Game start: 12:08 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:06
  • Game attendance: 16,630
  • Game weather: 85°F, scattered clouds, 0 mph
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (WCCB): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Brandon Davidow, Jon Wilson
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

To open their inaugural season, Charlotte faced the Campbell Fighting Camels. Charlotte dominated the game, winning 52–7.

Charlotte opened the scoring in the first quarter when Mark Hogan returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown, marking the first points in Charlotte 49ers football's history. Justin Bolus scored the 49ers' first offensive touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Matt Johnson. That was followed by the 49ers' first two-point conversion on a rush by C. J. Crawford. Austin Duke caught another touchdown pass from Matt Johnson followed by the first of Blake Brewer's four successful point-after attempts that day, to close out the first quarter.

Brewer opened the second quarter scoring on the 49ers' first three-point kick from 35 yards out. Kalif Phillips added to the 49ers' point total with a 15-yard touchdown run. Campbell scored their only points of the day on a 1-yard touchdown run by Dakota Wolf, and a successful point-after kick by Alex Biby. Charlotte ended the first half by scoring on a 20-yard Blake Brewer kick with no time left on the clock. Charlotte led Campbell at the half, 35–7.

Charlotte received the ball to open the second half and concluded the opening drive on Blake Brewer's third and final three-point conversion of the day, a successful 40 yard field goal. Trent Bostick closed the third-quarter scoring with a 47-yard passing touchdown from Matt Johnson.

The fourth quarter featured only one scoring drive, as Corey Nesmith Jr. ran in a 33-yard touchdown.[18]

Top performers for the game included Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson, who passed for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns. Charlotte running back Kalif Phillips had 9 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. Charlotte receiver Trent Bostick had 4 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Game notes:

  • First game in program history
  • First game in the newly opened Jerry Richardson Stadium
  • First game against an FCS opponent
  • First win in program history

(DII) Chowan HawksEdit

Chowan vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
Hawks 0 700 7
49ers 19 7147 47
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
  • Game start: 12:08 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 16,598
  • Game weather: 79°F, Partly Clouds, 1 mph
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
  • TV announcers (WCCB): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Brandon Davidow, Jon Wilson
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

In their second home game Charlotte faced the Chowan Hawks. Charlotte got their second victory in dominating fashion, winning 47–7.

Charlotte opened the scoring in the first half on an Austin Duke 10 yard touchdown reception from Matt Johnson. Charlotte scored the first safety in program history late in the first quarter. Blake Brewer added a 27-yard field goal, followed by a Kalif Phillips 40-yard touchdown reception from Matt Johnson to end the first-quarter scoring.

Chowan opened the second quarter scoring with a 35-yard touchdown reception for Antjuan Randall off a pass from Cameron Stover for Chowan's only points of the day. On the subsequent kickoff return Mikel Hunter returned the kick 96 yards for a touchdown, marking the longest scoring play in Charlotte's program history and ending the first-half scoring with Charlotte having a 26–7 lead.

Trent Bostick opened the third-quarter scoring with a 30-yard passing touchdown from Matt Johnson. Austin Duke closed the quarter with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Johnson as well.

The fourth quarter featured only one scoring drive, as Corey Nesmith Jr. caught in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Johnson, marking Matt Johnson's fifth touchdown pass of the day.[21]

Top performers for the game once again included Charlotte Quarterback Matt Johnson, who passed for 256 yards and 5 touchdowns. Charlotte Running Back Alan Barnwell had 14 carries for 80 yards. Charlotte Receiver Austin Duke had 7 receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns.[20]

Game notes:

NCCU EaglesEdit

NCCU vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
• Eagles 6 7207 40
49ers 0 0013 13
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
  • Game start: 12:06 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 16,630
  • Game weather: 69°F, Scattered Clouds, 0 mph
  • Referee: Larry Saunders
  • TV announcers (WCCB): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Brandon Davidow, Jon Wilson
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

In their third home game Charlotte faced the NC Central Eagles. Charlotte suffered the first loss in program history as well as their first ever home loss, defeated soundly by the Eagles, 40–13

NC Central opened the scoring in the first half on two Oleg Parent field goals, the first from 39 yards and the second from 20 yards.

NC Central scored the first touchdown of the game late in the second quarter on a Deyonta Wright 4-yard run. NC Central took a 13–0 lead into halftime, holding the Charlotte 49ers to their first scoreless half of play.

Central took the opening second-half kickoff in on Adrian Wilkins 100-yard kickoff return. Midway through the third quarter a Tony Williams IV 48-yard interception of a Matt Johnson pass was returned for another Central touchdown. Idreis Augustus added a late third quarter score on a 2-yard run, holding the 49ers pointless going into the final quarter of play.

The 49ers avoided their first shutout after an Alan Barnwell 2-yard run gave them their first score of the game. Central responded on an Idreis Augustus 5-yard run. On the final play of the game the 49ers scored their second touchdown on a Lee McNeill 10-yard run.[22]

Despite his 5 interceptions thrown in the game, Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson passed for over 335 yards, setting a new personal best. NC Central running back Idreis Augustus had 16 carries for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. Charlotte receiver Austin Duke had 7 receptions for 97.[23]

Game notes:

  • First game against a scholarship FCS opponent
  • First loss in program history

#15 James Madison DukesEdit

JMU vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
49ers 7 000 7
• Dukes 14 677 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

James Madison was a late addition to the Charlotte 49ers' 2013 football schedule. Originally Charlotte had been scheduled to play future C-USA opponent ODU in 2013 and 2014. ODU, having secured a game against Vanderbilt during the summer, dropped the return game at Charlotte in 2014. Needing a short notice replacement home game for the next season, Charlotte reached out to JMU. JMU agreed to add an away game against Charlotte in 2014 in exchange for a home game in 2013. Subsequently, Charlotte dropped the ODU game in 2013 and replaced them with the game at JMU.[25]

This was not only the first away game in Charlotte 49ers football history, but also the first night game and the first road loss. In addition, James Madison was ranked 15th in the Week 3 FCS polls at the time, making them Charlotte's first ranked opponent.

Charlotte recovered a JMU fumble on the opening kickoff, which set up a touchdown two plays later as Matt Johnson ran it in from 8 yards out. This early lead proved to be Charlotte's only scoring drive of the game. JMU answered on a 13-play scoring drive that concluded with a Dae'Quan Scott 9-yard rushing touchdown. Charlotte's next drive included 12 plays and got the 49ers to the JMU 1 yard line, but Charlotte turned the ball over on downs after being unable to break the plane of the goal line. JMU's next drive ended in a score as Dea'Quan Scott ran the ball in from 20 yards out for his second touchdown of the quarter.

The only score of the second quarter was a Michael Birdsong 37-yard pass to Quinton Hunter for a touchdown. Charlotte attempted a 58-yard field goal at the end of the half but missed. The halftime score was JMU up, 20–7.

The only score of the third quarter came on a Rashard Davis 36-yard rushing touchdown.

The final score of the game came in the fourth quarter as Khalid Abdullah ran in a touchdown from 2 yards out. The game ended in a JMU 34 to 7 victory.[24]

Top performers for the game were all from JMU. Quarterback Michael Birdsong passed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns, with only 1 interception. JMU running back Dae'Quan Scott had 35 carries for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns. JMU receiver Quinton Hunter had 3 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.[26]

Game notes:

  • First away game in program history.
  • First away loss in program history.
  • First night game in program history.
  • First ranked opponent in program history.
  • First rain game in program history.
  • First out of state game in program history.
  • First game in program history played in Virginia.

Presbyterian Blue HoseEdit

Presbyterian vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
49ers 7 21143 45
Blue Hose 14 007 21
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Bailey Memorial Stadium
    Clinton, SC
  • Game start: 2:05 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 5,268
  • Game weather: 73°F, Partly Cloudy, 10 mph E
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Evan Lepler, Nate Ross
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charlotte returned to their previous high-scoring ways on their second road game in program history. Presbyterian was the first of Charlotte's four games of the season against Big South Conference opponents. This would mark Charlotte's first ever away win. This would also be Charlotte's first nationally available game as part of ESPN3's broadcast package.

Presbyterian would score first on their second drive of the game. A Kaleb Griffin rushing touchdown from the 1 yard line. Charlotte would answer on the next drive with a Matt Johnson 3 yard scoring pass to Austin Duke for a touchdown. Presbyterian would take a 7-point lead into the second quarter after a Demarcus Wilson 1-yard rushing touchdown to close out the first quarter.

Kalif Phillips started a dominating Charlotte performance in the second quarter with a 1-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the quarter to tie the game. Charlotte would turn the ball over on an interception early in their next drive, but Presbyterian would be unable to convert the first down. Charlotte's next drive included 16 plays and resulted in an Alan Barnwell 1-yard touchdown to give Charlotte its first lead of the game. Charlotte would take a 14-point lead into the half after a Matt Johnson 53 yard pass to Mikel Hunter resulted in 7 more points. The halftime score was Charlotte up 28 to 14.

Charlotte continued their dominance into the second half as the 49ers ended their first drive of the half with a 23-yard Trent Bostick touchdown pass from Matt Johnson. Later in the half Kalif Phillips would get his second rushing touchdown of the day from 7 yards out.

Blake Brewer would add 3 points off a 30-yard field goal after the first Charlotte drive of the fourth quarter stalled. Presbyterian's next drive resulted in a Demarcus Rouse's second touchdown of the day from 2 yards out. Charlotte won the game 45 to 21.[27]

Top performers for the game were Charlotte Quarterback Matt Johnson, who passed for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns, with only 1 interception. Presbyterian Running Back Demarcus Rouse had 18 carries for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns. Presbyterian Receiver Toby Antigha had 6 receptions for 100 yards.[28]

Game Notes:

  • First away victory.
  • First game in program history played in South Carolina.

#24 Gardner-Webb Running BulldogsEdit

Gardner-Webb vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
Runnin' Bulldogs 17 7216 51
49ers 7 17029 53
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
  • Game start: 12:08 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:43
  • Game attendance: 12,222
  • Game weather: 77°F, Partly Cloudy, 0 mph
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV announcers (WCCB): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Brandon Davidow, Jon Wilson
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charlotte returned home from its two-game road trip for Military Appreciation Day to face their second ranked opponent and second Big South team of the year, the one-loss Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Gardner-Webb would score first, completing a Jordan Day 22-yard field goal after a 15-play drive. Lucas Beatty would complete a 3-yard pass to Kenny Cook for the Bulldogs' first touchdown. Charlotte scored their first touchdown of the day on a Kalif Phillips 6-yard run. The Bulldogs closed the first-quarter scoring on another Lucas Beatty pass to Kenny Cook for a 20-yard touchdown.

The 49ers would open the second quarter with a touchdown drive that would be completed with a Matt Johnson 16 yard pass to C.J. Crawford. Gardner-Webb would respond on the next drive with a Lucas Beatty 3 yard touchdown pass to Earnest Harmon. Blake Brewer added 3 more 49ers' points on a 43-yard field goal. On the final 49ers' drive of the half Matt Johnson completed a 26-yard pass to Austin Duke to tie the game at the half, 24 all.

The Bulldogs broke the halftime tie on their first drive of the second half, with Lucas Beatty completing another touchdown pass to Earnest Harmon from the 1-yard line. Gardner-Webb dominated the third quarter, adding two more touchdowns. The second score of the quarter would come after Blake Brewer's 48-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Drew White and recovered by the Bulldogs. On the same play Charlotte was penalized twice for unsportsmanlike conduct. The result was a Juanne Blount 1-yard touchdown run on the next play. The third GWU touchdown of the quarter would come on their next drive. Richard Jules would complete a 27-yard pass to Mike Estes. Blake Brewer would miss a 39-yard field goal to close out the half, with Gardner-Webb having a lead, 45–24.

Charlotte's fortunes would turn around dramatically in the fourth quarter, starting with a Matt Johnson 5-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Crawford. After a 3-and-out series for the Bulldogs, the 49ers would block the punt return and GWU would down it in the end zone for a safety. Charlotte would score again on the next drive of the quarter, a Matt Johnson 21 yard touchdown pass to Austin Duke. After another Bulldog's 3-and-out, Charlotte kick returner Mikel Hunter would return the ball to Gardner-Webb's 48 yard line. On the next play Matt Johnson would complete a 48-yard touchdown pass to Trent Bostick. The result was the 49ers' third touchdown of the fourth quarter and their first lead of the day. The two-point conversion attempt to give the 49ers a 3-point lead failed. On Gardner-Webb's second play after getting the ball back the 49ers' Caleb Clayton-Moby would force GWU's Juanne Blount to fumble, leading to 49er Mark Hogan recovering the ball for Charlotte. On the very next play Alan Barnwell scored a 54-yard rushing touchdown to put the 49ers up by 8 points with 3 minutes left in the game.

With time running out, Gardner-Webb put together a 14-play drive that resulted in a Juanne Blount 1-yard rushing touchdown. The Bulldogs' attempted 2-point conversion to tie the game failed. Gardner-Webb attempted an on-sides kick recovery, but Charlotte recovered the ball for the come-from-behind victory, winning 53 to 51 and the first victory in program history over a ranked opponent.[29]

Top performers for the game were Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson, who passed for 342 yards and 5 touchdowns. Gardner-Webb running back Juanne Blount had 32 carries for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gardner-Webb receiver Kenny Cook had 10 receptions for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.[30]

Game notes:

  • First victory over a ranked opponent

#13 (DII) UNC Pembroke BravesEdit

UNC Pembroke vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
• Braves 14 7177 45
49ers 8 077 22
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
  • Game start: 12:08 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 16,630
  • Game weather: 72°F, Scattered Clouds, 0 mph
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV announcers (WCCB): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Brandon Davidow, Jon Wilson
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charlotte would hold its first football Homecoming game against the #13 ranked team in DII, the senior laden UNC Pembroke Braves.[33]

The Braves would take an early lead on their first drive of the game, scoring 7 points on a Rontonio Stanley 2 yard rushing touchdown. Charlotte would respond on the next drive, resulting in a Matt Johnson 2 yard touchdown pass to Mikel Hunter. The successful two point conversion by Lee McNeill would give the 49ers a 1-point lead. Rontonio Stanley would score another 2 yard rushing touchdown to close out the first quarter scoring.

Pembroke would score the only points of the second quarter on a Luke Charles pass to Te’vell Williams for 23 yards for a touchdown. The Braves would go into Halftime with a 21 to 8 lead.

Pembroke would complete the opening drive of the second half with Elliot Powell 5 yard rushing touchdown. On the Braves next drive Luke Charles would pass again to Te’vell Williams for 23 yards for a touchdown. Connor Haskins would add 3 more points to Pembroke’s total on a 46-yard field goal. The 49ers would end their scoring drought on the last drive of the third quarter when Matt Johnson would successfully complete a 4-yard pass to C.J. Crawford for a touchdown.

Pembroke would conclude its scoring campaign for the day on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Luke Charles would complete his third touchdown pass of the day, when he connected on an 8-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Bunn. The 49ers would score late in the half on a Matt Johnson 17 yard touchdown pass to C.J. Crawford. The game would end with the Braves upsetting the 49ers' inaugural football Homecoming Game, 45 to 22. [31]

Top performers for the game were Charlotte Quarterback Matt Johnson, who passed for 278 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Charlotte Running Back Alan Barnwell had 9 carries for 49. Charlotte Receiver Austin Duke had 9 receptions for 128 yards.[32]

Charlotte would enter its first of two bye weeks in the season with a 4 to 3 record.

Game Notes:

  • Only loss to a Division II team in program history.

#24 Charleston Southern BuccaneersEdit

Charleston Southern vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
49ers 0 707 14
• Buccaneers 0 15615 36
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Buccaneer Field
    North Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:52
  • Game attendance: 4,319
  • Game weather: 65°F, Mostly Cloudy, 10 mph NNE
  • Referee: Kelvin Thorpe
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charlotte would face their third ranked opponent of the season, and their third Big South opponent in the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. The game was Charleston Southern's homecoming, and their on-the-field performance would reflect a desire to please the returning alumni.

Charlotte would strike first in the game with a Kalif Phillips' 7 yard rushing touchdown. On the next series Charleston Southern would miss a Mark Deboy 29 yard field goal to close out the first quarter.

The Buccaneers would find the end zone for the first time in the day on a Kyle Copeland 3 yard touchdown run. Copeland would also score the subsequent two-point conversion to give the Buccaneers a 1-point lead. Daniel Croghan III would complete a 39-yard pass to Kevin Glears for the final points of the half. Charleston Southern would lead at halftime, 15 to 7.

On their first drive of the second half, the Buccaneers would conclude with a Daniel Croghan 14 yard touchdown pass to Chris Theodore. Charlotte would respond on the next drive with 13 plays ending in a 14-yard Kalif Phillips rushing touchdown. The 49ers would end the half down only by 7 points.

Desmond Cooper would recover a Daniel Croghan fumble on Charlotte's 3 yard line to end a Charleston Southern drive. Two plays later Alan Barnwell would be tackled in the end zone by Caleb Batchelor for a safety. Charleston Southern would then attempt an onsides kick, by the 49ers would recover the ball. Charleston Southern would pad their lead with two late touchdowns. The first on a Kyle Copeland's third rushing touchdown of the day, this time from the 5 yard line. Zac Bumgardner would recover an Alan Barnwell fumble on Charlotte's Next play from scrimmage. Three plays later the Buccaneers would score the final points of the game on a Mike Holloway 5 yard rushing touchdown. The game would end in a Buccaneer home victory of 35 to 14, and the Charlotte 49ers' second road loss of the season.[34]

Top performers for the game were Charleston Southern Quarterback Daniel Croghan III, who passed for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Charleston Southern Running Back Christian Reyes had 26 carries for 181 yards. Charlotte Receiver Trent Bostick had 5 receptions for 114 yards.[35]

#3 Coastal Carolina ChanticleersEdit

Coastal Carolina vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
49ers 3 1507 25
• Chanticlieers 14 16614 50
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Brooks Stadium
    Conway, SC
  • Game start: 3:00 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 9,221
  • Game weather: 71°F, Broken Clouds, 10 mph WNW
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (WCCB, WFXB, WOLO): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charlotte would face their fourth and final ranked opponent of the season, and their fourth and final Big South opponent in the #3 ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The Chanticleers would be the 49ers' highest ranked opponent of the season. The game was Coastal Carolina's homecoming, making the third homecoming game in a row for the 49ers.

Lorrenzo Taliaferro would score the first points of the day on a 5-yard touchdown run on Coastal's second drive of the game. Charlotte would respond on a 16 play drive with a Blake Brewer 30 yard field goal. Coastal would add its second touchdown of the quarter on an Alex Ross 5 yard pass to Matt Hazel.

The 49ers would close the score to within 3 points on their first drive of the second quarter. Matt Johnson would score a 9-yard rushing touchdown followed by a successful Mark Pettit two-point conversion. Coastal would answer quickly on an Alex Ross 39 yard touchdown pass to DeMario Bennett. Coastal would later in the quarter go on a 20 play drive that ended in an Alex Catron 29 yard field goal. Charlotte would respond on the next drive with an Alan Barnwell 8 yard rushing touchdown to bring the score back to within 6 points. Taliaferro would tie the Big South Conference single season rushing touchdown record on a 3-yard run. Coastal would go to the half with a 30 to 18 lead.

De'Angelo Henderson would stretch Coastal's lead on the opening drive of the second half with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Charlotte would get to the Coastal 19 yard line on the next series before LaDarius Hawthorne would intercept a Matt Johnson pass.

On the first drive of the fourth quarter Lorrenzo Taliaferro would score his final touchdown of the day from 4 yards out to set the Big South Conference single season rushing touchdown record. Brian Cass would add another 2 yard rushing touchdown to pad Coastal's substantial lead. Kalif Phillips would give the 49ers 2 yard rushing touchdown, but it would not be enough to overcome the point deficit. Coastal won the game 50 to 25.[36]

Top performers for the game were Coastal Carolina Quarterback Alex Ross, who passed for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coastal Carolina Running Back Lorenzo Taliaferro had 24 carries for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns. Charlotte Receiver Mikel Hunter had 5 receptions for 89 yards.[37]

#20 (DIII) Wesley College WolverinesEdit

Wesley College vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
• Wolverines 7 7714 35
49ers 0 7147 28
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
  • Game start: 12:05 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 14,534
  • Game weather: 53°F, Partly Cloudy, 1 mph
  • Referee: Lee Hendrick
  • TV announcers (WCCB): Ryan Rose, Kenny Moore, Mark Davidow, Jon Wilson
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charlotte returned home on November 9 for their 6th and final home game of season against ranked DIII opponent Wesley College. It was also the inaugural football Senior Day for the 49ers. The Niners said good bye and thanks to six of the players from the inaugural team; Mark Hogan, C.J. Crawford, Brandon Strupp, Alex Petzke, Zeb Little and Mikel Hunter.

Wesley would strike first in the first half with a Joe Callahan 1 yard run for a touchdown. The Wolverines would hold the 49ers scoreless in the first quarter.

Wesley would strike first again midway through the second quarter when Joe Callahan would connect on a 2-yard pass to Kyle George for 7 more points after Jon Storck's successful Point-After attempt. Charlotte would finally find the endzone on the next series on a Kalif Phillips 12 yard rushing touchdown. The score at the half would be Wesley up 14 to 7 on the 49ers.

Charlotte would open the second half by recovering a forced fumble on the opening kickoff at the Wesley 22 yard line. They'd line up for a field goal attempt after gaining no yards on a 3-and-out series, but backup quarterback and place holder Lee McNeill would throw the snapped ball to Mark Pettit, who was waiting for it in the endzone for a touchdown. After Wesley went 3-and-out on their next series, Charlotte would gain the lead for the first time in the day off a Matt Johnson 3 yard touchdown pass to C.J. Crawford. Later in the quarter the Wolverines would tie the score again on a Rick Jackson 2 yard rushing touchdown.

Charlotte would score on the opening play of the fourth quarter on a Kalif Phillips 1 yard rushing touchdown. Three series later Joe Callahan would connect with Bryce Shade for a 17-yard passing touchdown to tie the score for the third time in the day. With 2 and a half minutes left on the clock Wesley would retake the lead on a Joe Callahan 1 yard rushing touchdown. Charlotte would put together a 12 play drive to get to the Wesley 28 yard line, but Charlotte Quarterback Matt Johnson would be unable to connect on three subsequent passing plays and would turn the ball over on downs. Wesley would then take a knee to win 35 to 28.[38]

Top performers for the day would include Wesley Quarterback Joe Callahan, who passed for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 2 interceptions. Charlotte Running Back Kaliff Phillips would rush for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Wesley Wide Receiver Kyle George would get 8 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.[39]

Game Notes:

  • First game against a Division III team in program history.
  • Only loss to a Division III team in program history.

Morehead State EaglesEdit

Morehead State vs. Charlotte
1 234Total
49ers 13 28713 61
Eagles 7 307 17
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Jayne Stadium
    Morehead, KT
  • Game start: 1:00 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 1,443
  • Game weather: 39°F, Sunny, 10 mph N
  • Referee: James Arnold
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Following their second and final bye week of the 2013 season, Charlotte would end their inaugural season on the road facing the first opponent they ever scheduled, the Morehead State Eagles.

Morehead St. would score on their first drive of the game on a Brandon Bornhauser 1 yard touchdown run to take the early lead. On their third offensive series the 49ers would tie the game on a Matt Johnson 33 yard touchdown pass to senior receiver C.J. Crawford. On their next offensive series on the second play the 49ers would take the lead on a Kalif Phillips 50 yard rushing touchdown.

On the first play of the second quarter Charlotte rusher Alan Barnwell would extend the 49ers' lead on a break-away 70-yard touchdown run. The Eagles would put together an 11 play drive to get into 49ers' territory on the next series, but the 49ers' Caleb Clayton-Mobly would intercept a pass from Eagles quarterback Austin Gahafer and return it 70 yards for another 49ers' touchdown. On the 49ers' next series Kaliff Phillips would get his second rushing score of the day on a 4-yard touchdown score. Morehead St. would put together a 13 play series late in the half that ended in a Luke Boyd 35 yard field goal. On the ensuing kick return Charlotte returner Justin Bridges-Thompson would return the kick 64 yards to the Morehead St. 12 yard line. On the next play Kalif Phillips would get his third rushing touchdown on a 12-yard run. At the half Charlotte lead the Eagles 41 to 10.

After the high scoring second quarter, the third quarter would only yield one score. Morehead St. would attempt a 44-yard Luke Boyd field goal to end their first drive of the second half, but would miss. Charlotte would cap their final drive of the quarter on a Matt Johnson, 68 yard quarterback-keeper rushing touchdown.

The Eagles would find the end zone on their first series of the fourth quarter on an Austin Gahafer pass to Justin Cornwall for a 19-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone. The 49ers would cap their next possession on a Blake Brewer 41-yard field goal. On their first play of the next series the 49ers' Kendal Parker forced Brandon Reeves of Morehead St. to fumble the ball, which resulted in Charlotte's Greg Cunningham Jr. recovering the ball for the 49ers. Their resulting next drive was capped by a Blake Brewer 40-yard field goal. After a Morehead St. four-and-out the 49ers scored the final points of the game on a Damarrell Alexander 51-yard rushing touchdown, to get the 49ers over the 60-point scoring threshold for the first time in program history. The final score was Charlotte 61 and Morehead State 17.[40]

Top performers for the day were Charlotte quarterback Matt Johnson, who passed for 141 yards and ran in a touchdown. Charlotte running back Kaliff Phillips rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns. Charlotte Wide receiver C.J. Crawford made 5 receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown.[41]

Game notes:

First game in program history played in Kentucky.

AttendanceEdit

The largest crowd for a Charlotte football game at Jerry Richardson Stadium was 16,630. The 49ers hit that figure three times during the 2013 season including the Inaugural Game. This figure is the current maximum standing room capacity of Jerry Richardson Stadium. They also exceeded the stadium's maximum seating capacity 4 times during the season.[42]

Season Games Sellouts W–L (%) Attendance Average Best
2013 6 4 3–3 (.500) 93,244 15,540 16,630

StatisticsEdit

As the 49ers inaugural season, team and individual records were set for the first time in 2013.[42]

Season RecordsEdit

Per Game RecordsEdit

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