Saturday, October 5, 2013

Halftime update: Charlotte 49ers 24, Gardner-Webb 24

The 49ers rallied in the second quarter and have pulled into a 24-24 tie with Gardner-Webb at halftime.

Matt Johnson hit Austin Duke on a 26-yard scoring pass with 14 seconds left to tie it. The 49ers drove 78 yards in 1 minute, 53 seconds on that final drive.

Gardner-Webb led 17-7 after the first quarter, but Charlotte cut into the lead when Johnson hit C.J. Crawford across the middle for a 17-yard scoring pass, making it 17-14 with 13:32 left in the half. After Gardner-Webb increased its lead to 24-14 on a 3-yard run by Earnest Harmon, Charlotte got a 43-yard field goal by Blake Brewer after the Bulldogs turned it over on a fumble by quarterback Lucas Beatty.

After Gardner-Webb's Jordan Day missed a 39-yard field goal, the 49ers countered with their third TD when Johnson hit Duke for his fifth touchdown of the season.

Gardner-Webb has outgained the 49ers 322-242 and has a huge advantage in time of possession, 21:23-8:37.

Beatty has completed 21 of 28 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs' Kenny Cook has eight catches for 111 yards and two TDs. Charlotte's Johnson is l1 of 19 for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He's also run for 40 yards. Kalif Phillips leads 49ers rushers with 42 yards on five carries and a touchdown.