When Texas-San Antonio played its first football game in school history in 2011, the Roadrunners beat Northeastern (Okla.) State 31-3 in front of a crowd of 56,743 at the Alamodome.
The following week, UTSA played Division III McMurry (Tex.).
The result of that game, a 24-21 McMurry victory, hasnt gone unnoticed by the Charlotte 49ers.
Its been four days since Charlotte beat Campbell 52-7 in the 49ers first-ever game. The outcome was the product of nearly two years of focusing on one game by Charlottes coaches and players.
Now, however, the 49ers have another team for which to get ready, and they have inside of a week to do so: the CIAAs Chowan Hawks, a Division II team coming to Richardson Stadium on Saturday.
The 49ers arent taking the Hawks lightly, as UTSA might have in its second game against McMurry.
Ive had my mind on this game for a long time, said 49ers coach Brad Lambert of Chowan. Now we can use that (UTSA) history and have that on our side. There is the big euphoria you have from the first game that we won. But you have to understand its one game in the history of your school. Were looking for No. 2.
The UTSA example isnt the only one out there for Lambert to use with his team. In 2010, Georgia State won its inaugural game against NAIA team Shorter (Ga.) 41-7, then lost the next week to another NAIA squad, Lambuth (Tenn.) 23-14.
Charlotte, as UTSA and Georgia State were when they started football, is a Football Championship Subdivision independent that has scheduled several winnable games in its first season.
And like the Roadrunners and Panthers, the 49ers are making a fast jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision, when they join Conference USA in 2015 (Georgia State has moved to the Sun Belt; UTSA has joined C-USA).
In terms of NCAA classification, Chowan is a step down from Campbell. But the FCS Camels play in the non-scholarship Pioneer League; Chowan can offer up to 36 scholarships in Division II (and the Hawks and other CIAA teams use fewer than that).
Theyve got (experienced) players, said Lambert, who has 55 scholarship players on his team (a number that will increase to 85 by 2015). Thats going to be an every-week thing for us, playing teams with older players.
Hawks senior receiver Robert Holland holds nine school records.
Weve been pretty consistent with our emotions on how to be successful, said 49ers offensive tackle Jamal Covington. Thats how we will go into practice this week and into the game Saturday.
• The 49ers came out of the Campbell game relatively healthy. Nose guard Larry Ogunjobi (finger), receiver Mikel Hunter (foot) and linebacker Jalen Holt (ankle) are expected to play Saturday.
• Lambert said the weekly decision on which player will wear a commemorative No. 49 jersey each game will be based on more than on-field performance.
Its not going to necessarily be the best player on the team, or who plays the best, said Lambert. But a guy that embodies a little bit of everything, who takes care of his business on and off the field.
Ogunjobi wore the No. 49 against Campbell.
• After a lottery was needed last week to address high demand, UNC Charlotte students had requested 4,400 tickets (out of an allotment of 7,500) as of mid-day Tuesday for the Chowan game. Deadline for students to request tickets is Thursday at noon. Any extra tickets will go on sale to the public.
• Junior linebacker Micah Bryan on senior linebacker Mark Hogan, whose first-quarter interception return for a touchdown spurred Charlottes victory against Campbell:
His mentality is probably that of a 93-year-old man, said Bryan. We call him to come watch a movie, and he says, Man, its 7:30, Im going home to jump in bed. Youre only 23 years old. Youre not that old yet.
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