|Georgia State sinks winless Charlotte 49ers 28-0|
|First shutout taken in program history|
|Published Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:30 pm|
The Charlotte 49ers are still looking for their first win.
Georgia State rode opportunistic defense and special teams to a 28-0 win Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium, the first time in school history the 49ers failed to score. At 0-4, Charlotte is left to search for answers before next week’s game at Florida International.
“We’ve got to sit down tomorrow and see what we’re doing,” 49ers coach Brad Lambert said. “Offensively, are we giving Hasaan (Klugh, the quarterback) the right things to do? We’ve got to be creative running the ball. We’ve got to generate more offense, especially early in the game. We had too many three-and-outs.”
Charlotte was 3-of-15 on third down tries compared to 9-of-17 for Georgia State, which improved to 1-2. Mistakes also bit the 49ers with a pair of Klugh interceptions and mishandling a blocked Georgia State field goal that Panthers guard Shamarious Gilmore fell on in the end zone for a touchdown.
“We’ve got to look inside ourselves and see what we’ve got to do personally and what we can do to help the team as individuals before we can do anything, obviously,” said Charlotte receiver Mark Quattlebaum, who grabbed six passes for 91 yards. “
The warning signs were apparent in the first half when Georgia State grabbed a 14-0 advantage on Glenn Smith’s 3-yard run and Conner Manning’s 32-yard strike to Penny Hart 44 seconds before intermission. Georgia State’s offense outgained Charlotte 239-143 and converted 7-of-12 third down opportunities compared to the 49ers’ 0-of-7.
“When you’re third-and-10, your percentages (of conversion) go way down,” Lambert said. “On the other side, we weren’t that great either, but (Georgia State) was more third-and-medium, third-and-short, so the percentages go up.”
The Panthers turned Charlotte one-dimensional, limiting the 49ers to 94 yards rushing on 34 carries while Klugh hit 16-of-29 passes for 179 yards and a pair of interceptions, including an end zone pick with five seconds left in the second.
“We did some good things defensively, but you’ve got to get yourself off the field,” Lambert said. “In the first half, we couldn’t get off the field on third down. In the first half, we played 50 snaps, in the second we played 27, so defensively we played better, but we’ve got to generate some offense.”
|They're going to sit down tomorrow and see what they are doing ... mmmmmm ... What they are doing is NOTHING!! Try finding people that know how to play football or find a coach that knows how to teach 'em how to play|
|Posted on September 24, 2017|
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