Tuesday, October 16, 2018

49ers Wanting CUSA Win Over Middle Tennessee

Charlotte (3-3; C-USA: 2-1) heads to Middle Tennessee, Saturday to take on the Blue Raiders who have an identical 3-3 record; 2-1 in Conference USA. Charlotte is coming off a 40-14 victory over WKU in the 49ers Homecoming Game.

Charlotte exploded for three third-quarter TDs and 34 unanswered points en route to the Homecoming win. The 49ers set school records for most points and largest margin of victory in a Conference USA game. RB Benny LeMay put up 152 yards of total offense (121 rushing) and scored two TDs, backup QB Evan Shirreffs replaced injured Chris Reynolds and engineered the second-half outburst and LB Juwan Foggie had a team-high eight tackles and tied a school record with two INTs that translated into TDs for the 49ers.

Charlotte had 448 yards of total offense, its most since the opener vs. Fordham, while the defense held WKU to 256 yards, the fewest allowed this season. The C-USA leader in rushing defense held the Hilltoppers to 42 rushing yards and forced a season-high three turnovers, all of which came in WKU territory and led to TDs.

Versatile Jr. RB Benny LeMay is second in C-USA in rushing (89.2/gm) and third in all-purpose yards (117.0/gm). He has scored five rushing TDs, which rank third in C-USA. R-Fr. WR Victor Tucker leads C-USA rookies with 6.0 rec./gm and a 77.7 rec. avg.

The 49ers defense, which leads C-USA in rushing defense (92.2 rush yds allowed) and ranks third in total defense (329.8 yds/gm), is paced by several veterans, including 2017 leading tackler R-Jr. LB Jeff Gemmell (team-high 42 tackles; 3.0 TFL; 8 QBh) and preseason all-C-USA Jr. S Ben DeLuca (40 tkls). Sr. LB Juwan Foggie leads C-USA with 4 INTs.