|Charlotte 49ers go wild to notch their first win of the season|
|49-21 victory against North Texas|
|Published Sunday, October 11, 2020|
|Aaron McAllister scored a pair of touchdowns and racked up 214 yards of offense in the Charlotte 49ers 49-21 win against North Texas.|
The Charlotte 49ers went off for a school-best 49 points in a Conference USA game in beating North Texas 49-21 Saturday on the road. Six 49ers (1-2; C-USA 1-1) scored, with senior running Aaron McAllister racking up 214 yards of total offense and touchdowns on a 71-yard reception and 66-yard run.
“There were times when we bent and we didn't break,” Charlotte coach Will Healy said. “We were really good in the red zone [on defense], and I thought we were better in the red zone on offense. We got touchdowns. We didn't settle for field goals. That's a big improvement from last week."
Charlotte rang up 599 yards on offense – 308 passing – while the defense limited North Texas, which went into the game averaging 41 points an outing to nearly half that.
McAllister, who rushed for 140 yards, his third as a 49er, added 74 receiving.
"I can't say enough good things about AMac," Healy said. "He comes out and keeps working and plays the way he did tonight."
Charlotte grabbed a 21-7 halftime lead by converting 4-of-8 third downs and scoring touchdowns on both of its red zone trips and holding the Mean Green to no points on three red zone visits.
The 49ers used gadget play to go ahead 7-0 in the first quarter when backup quarterback Dom Shoffner took a flip from running back Tre Harbison and threw to quarterback Chris Reynolds for an 18-yard score. The 49ers stopped the Mean Green on a pair of red zone trips that resulted in missed field goal tries and turnover on downs on fourth-and-2 from the 5-yard line.
Reynolds hit McAllister on a 71-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead, but the Mean Green responded with a 28-yard scoring pass to Jaelon Darden to cut the lead in half. Darden accounted for all three North Texas touchdowns.
“They're dynamic. It's a really good offense,” Healy said of the Mean Green. “We bent but we didn't break in a lot of different spots. " love our staff, but players win games. We have some resilient guys. We have since I got here. They worked their rear ends off this week and fortunately they were rewarded.”
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