There would be no fourth-quarter magic Saturday at
One week after completing an unlikely comeback against Gardner-Webb, the
49ers fell 45-22 to UNC Pembroke, the nation’s 14th-ranked Division
II team, Saturday before a homecoming crowd of 16,630. Charlotte
The 49ers (4-3) were beaten soundly in every phase of the game against the Braves (5-0).
fell behind by 28-8 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, it was 38-15
and UNC Pembroke wouldn’t let up. Charlotte
The 49ers might have had a brief flicker of hope early in the fourth quarter, after they had cut the Braves lead to 38-15 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Matt Johnson to C.J. Crawford.
But when Mikel Hunter fumbled a punt on UNC Pembroke’s next possession, any hopes of a potential comeback were extinguished.
Braves quarterback Luke Charles, the school’s all-time leading passer, picked apart the 49ers defense, completing 43 of 57 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns.
Many of Charles’ passes were thrown underneath the 49ers defense, a tactic
never adjusted to. And when the 49ers would bite on those short routes, Charles
made them pay, as he did when he found Te’Vell Williams on a 56-yard scoring
play in the third quarter. Charlotte