A pair of mid-major programs take the field in the Tar Heel State when Conference USA take the field against the Sun Belt. The Charlotte 49ers make the in-state trip as they travel to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers Saturday afternoon. Charlotte comes in off a 49-28 home victory over Gardner-Webb last Thursday in their series opener. Appalachian State delivered an emphatic 42-7 destruction of East Tennessee State last Saturday at home. The Mountaineers rolled to a 45-9 triumph on the road in the only previous meeting, which took place September 8, 2018.
Charlotte 49ers Seek 2-0 Start
Charlotte picked up a win in their season opener as they beat up on an overmatched Gardner-Webb squad for the first win in the Will Healy era. The 49ers led just 7-0 after the opening quarter but broke the game open with a 28-14 advantage in the second quarter to take a three-touchdown lead to the locker room. Charlotte didn’t let Gardner-Webb closer than 14 the rest of the way. The 49ers rolled up a 508-219 edge in total offense, a 27-11 advantage in first downs and controlled the clock by a 37:39 to 22:21 margin. Charlotte overcame three turnovers while forcing just one: they gave up a kick return for a score while tallying on a blocked punt return.
GAME 1: GARDNER-WEBB
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Chris Reynolds completed 14 of 20 passes for 136 yards with one touchdown and one interception while adding seven carries for 72 yards plus two scores. Brett Kean completed four of eight for 50 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while adding two carries for nine yards. Benny LeMay led the way on the ground as he had 16 carries for 120 yards plus two scores. Ishod Finger (nine carries, 69 yards), Terrick Smalls Jr. (seven carries, 32 yards) and Aaron McAllister (five carries, 20 yards) helped the 49ers rack up 322 yards and four scores on the ground. Cameron Dollar (58 yards) and Noah Henderson (49 yards) each had five receptions to lead the team. Micaleous Elder (two receptions, 37 yards) and McAllister (one catch, three yards) each caught touchdown passes. Jonathan Cruz did not attempt a field goal but hit all seven of his extra points in the game.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Try to Not Miss a Beat
Appalachian State had to start with a new coach as Scott Satterfield took the Louisville job at the end of last season. The Mountaineers rolled over East Tennessee State in the first game of the Eli Drinkwitz era to start things on a positive note. Appalachian State held a narrow 14-0 advantage at the half but pulled away after intermission to get the victory. The Mountaineers will shoot for a better start than they had against the Buccaneers. Appalachian State held a 444-292 advantage in total offense, racked up 25 first downs while allowing 17 and overcame a 33:38 to 26:22 disadvantage in time of possession. The Mountaineers forced the game’s lone turnover in the contest.
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Zac Thomas hit 16 of 24 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns and added five carries for 32 yards plus a score. Jacob Huesman hit his lone pass attempt for a 17-yard score. In the run game, Darrynton Evans led the Mountaineers with 14 carries for 99 yards plus a score. Daetrich Harrington (six carries, 48 yards) and Marcus Williams Jr. (seven carries, 41 yards) were effective on the ground as well. Thomas Hennigan led the team as he reeled in seven passes for 79 yards plus a score: no other player had more than two receptions as the team spread the ball around. Christian Wells (one catch, 17 yards) had the other touchdown catch for Appalachian State. Chandler Staton booted all six of his extra point attempts but did not try a field goal in the contest.
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