|Losing streak over, Charlotte 49ers aim to extend winning way|
|Comeback win vs. North Texas stokes excitement|
|Published Tuesday, October 29, 2019 9:40 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|Charlotte 49ers cornerback Marquill Osborne and his teammates, who snapped a four-game losing streak with a win against North Texas, take on Middle Tennessee Saturday.|
Conference USA competition is showing first-year Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy where the program sits among league contenders, and how they need to build going forward.
The 49ers found out what they are capable of against North Texas, snapping a four-game losing streak and securing their first league victory under Healy with a come from behind 39-38 win. Sophomore quarterback Chris Reynolds broke the school record with 432 total yards with a career-high 336 passing yards with three touchdowns, 96 rushing yards with one touchdown and three fourth-quarter touchdown drives. His performance earned him CUSA Offensive Player of the Week. Charlotte, which is sixth in CUSA’s Eastern Division at 1-3 and 3-5 overall, hosts Middle Tennessee in their penultimate home game of the season Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
“We have a lot of opportunities in front of us, but we have to take it one day at a time, one play at a time,” Reynolds said. “Focus on our assignments and do what we need to do every day.”
“We’ve shown over the first four weeks that when we play well, we can compete with some people, but if we don’t make enough plays, or we do things to hurt ourselves, then people will run away from us.”
They were outscored by 15-plus points in each of their first three league games, with losses to Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Western Kentucky. Scoring 39 points against North Texas was the first time they surpassed 30 points in since beating Massachusetts 52-17 in mid-September. The 49ers have also given up at least 30-points in each of their last four games.
Healy noted that their experience in conference competition thus far has shown them how they need to recruit, as well as what they need to look for.
“Would this guy make plays against Florida Atlantic, or [Florida International], or Western Kentucky or North Texas?” Healy asked. “Are we building a roster that can compete in this league? I’ve been excited about what I think we can do in this league. It’s not like I’ve lost heart at what I think this program will be. I just know we’re not there yet.”
Charlotte has never beaten Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders are fourth in the East at 2-2; 3-5 overall.
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