No. 12 North Carolina will be looking to take care of business against Charlotte on Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels are coming off a win against Syracuse, while the 49ers dropped their season-opener to Appalachian State.
(this game has been canceled due to several positives on the Charlotte offensive line)
Charlotte loses star quarterbackCharlotte not only lost its season opener against Appalachian State—it lost its starting quarterback as well. Chris Reynolds suffered an upper body injury in the 35-20 season-opening loss last Saturday. He was injured on the first play of the game after taking a hit from Appalachian State’s Nick Hampton. Reynolds did end up playing the entire game, completing just 11 of 30 passes for 140 yards and two interceptions. His absence means transfer Dom Shoffner will be the starter on Saturday. Shoffner started his career at North Carolina Central, playing in six games for the Eagles in 2018. He transferred the Monroe College after a coaching change at N.C. Central and threw for 2,488 yards on the junior college level last season.
The 49ers jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Appalachian State, but the Mountaineers responded with 14 points in the second quarter to take a 14-10 halftime lead. Appalachian State closed the game with a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Running back Tre Harbison led Charlotte’s rushing attack with 87 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Taylor Thompson was the top pass-catcher, reeling in two catches for 62 yards. Aaron Mcallister returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown. The 49ers really struggled defensively, allowing 512 yards. Senior defensive back Ben DeLuca led the team with 16 tackles. Junior linebacker Tyler Murray added 14 tackles and an interception.
Tar Heels pull away late against SyracuseNorth Carolina did not pull away from Syracuse until the second half, but the game was never really in question. The Orange were unable to do much of anything against the Tar Heels defense, compiling just six points on 202 yards. Senior linebacker Chazz Surratt led North Carolina with nine tackles and two sacks. Jeremiah Gemmel added five tackles and a sack, while Tomari Fox recorded two sacks of his own. The Tar Heels ended up covering the 23-point spread with a 31-6 win.
Quarterback Sam Howell will be looking for a better showing in this game. He completed 25 of 34 passes for 295 yards and one touchdown, but he threw two interceptions. The Tar Heels scored 21 of their 31 points in the fourth quarter, so he will be hoping to get off to a better start on Saturday. His longest completion of the day came on a 38-yard pass to Dyami Brown, who finished the day with six catches for 94 yards. Running back Michael Carter had an excellent game, carrying the ball seven times for 78 yards. He also caught six passes for 60 yards. Javonte Williams bullied his way into the end zone three times. He ended up with 14 attempts for 57 yards. North Carolina had three defensive backs opt out of the season before it began.
- 1-6 ATS in its last seven games after throwing for less than 170 yards in its previous game
North Carolina is:
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games
- 7-1 ATS in its last eight games vs. a Conference USA opponent