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Sense of urgency drives 49ers football vs. Georgia State
0-3 Charlotte desperate to earn first win
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:03 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

The Charlotte 49ers need to win.

Three games in, the 49ers stand 0-3 after falling to nationally ranked Kansas State in the opener, as well as FCS N.C. A&T in last week’s home opener. They host Georgia State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

“The biggest thing about our team is how close we are right now,” Charlotte coach Brad Lambert said. “You need to win. That’s the whole goal when you go out there on Saturday. We were right there last week. We need to finish one off.”

While Georgia State marked the program’s first FBS win 2015, a lot has changed since then.

“That was huge—especially after coach [Phil] Ratliff passing,” junior defensive end Zach Duncan said. “We all banded together tighter than I’ve ever seen any group of guys. It was a much-needed win for the program. There was just so much energy and passion in the moment. It’s just hard to remake it, honestly. That was definitely a special moment.”

Scoring two touchdowns in their first two games, the 49ers picked up speed against A&T. Junior quarterback Hasaan Klugh tied his career high with three touchdown passes to three different receivers against the Aggies, his former team.

“First of all the o-line, they made so really big blocks—gave me a lot of big holes,” sophomore running back Benny LeMay said of his career-high 158 rushing yards performance in the 49ers 35-31 loss to A&T.

Both sides head into Saturday looking for their first win.

“It’s something that would be huge for us this week,” Lambert said. “The biggest thing is communication. No matter what happens, we’ve got to get up the next day and go. We’ve got to put in the work. We can’t expect to linger around in our misery for four days, and go out and play good on Saturday.”




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