Thursday, October 12, 2017

Charlotte Takes on Defending C-USA Champion, Looking for First Win

Charlotte (0-6; 0-2) travels to WKU (3-2; 1-1) to take on the defending Conference USA Champions for the first time, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ( Charlotte is 0-2 in league play despite setting a school-record for fewest points allowed to an FBS foe (14) vs. Marshall and the posting second-most yards of total offense vs. an FBS foe (504) at FIU. The two losses have been by a combined 12 points. Charlotte won three C-USA games, last year, and lost two by a single point. Each of the 49ers three C-USA wins, last year, came on the road (at FAU, at Marshall, at Southern Miss). Those three road wins are tied for 2nd in C-USA over the last two years.

Charlotte's offense is led by QB Hasaan Klugh, who has accounted for all 10 of the 49ers TDs with 5 passing TDs and 5 rushing TDs. Charlotte rushed for the program's FBS record of 349 yards in a one-point, 30-29 loss at FIU. Soph. RB Benny LeMay has had two games of over 150+ rushing yards, including a career-high of 178 at FIU. He ranks 6th in C-USA with an 81.3 rushing avg.

The 49ers defense is led by all-time leading tackler Karrington King (55 tackles; 9.2/ gm), who has had two games with double-digit tackles and at least eight tackles in each game. King became the first 49er to record 50+ tackles in four straight seasons. The rs-Sr. LB ranks third in C-USA with 9.2 tackles per game. Soph. DB Ben DeLuca is second on the team with 48 tackles after a 49ers' FBS record 17 vs. Marshall. He became the 12th 49er to reach 100 career tackles (116). LBs Jeff Gemmell (4.0) tops the team in TFL while Zach Duncan has 3.0 TFL and has or shares the team lead with 2.0 sacks and 3 QBh. WKU has won two straight. The Hilltoppers are 1-1 in league play with a one-point loss to Louisiana Tech and a one-point win, last week, at UTEP.