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Charlotte 49ers dig big hole, lose 49-31 at UMass

Massachusetts’ Brennon Dingle (center) catches the ball at the 49 as the Charlotte 49ers’ Ed Rolle (right) and Denzel Irvin defend in the first quarter of Saturday’s college football game in Amherst, Mass. The host Minutemen won 49-31.
Massachusetts’ Brennon Dingle (center) catches the ball at the 49 as the Charlotte 49ers’ Ed Rolle (right) and Denzel Irvin defend in the first quarter of Saturday’s college football game in Amherst, Mass. The host Minutemen won 49-31. AP

Michael Curtis threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Marquis Young scored three times and UMass scored four times on its first six touches to defeat Charlotte 49-31 on Saturday.

Young returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score and Curtis hit Andy Isabella on a 15-yard scoring pass on the first Minuteman play from scrimmage after a botched 49ers punt snap.

Young scored on a 2-yard run on the next possession after Jake Byczko recovered a fumble on the Charlotte 14 and a pass interference penalty. UMass (2-3) led 21-0 after 31 seconds of ball possession before Curtis scored on a 3-yard run to cap the next series, a 3-play, 40-yard drive.

Chris Reynolds
Charlotte 49ers quarterback Chris Reynolds. Benjamin Robson

Curtis was 12 of 19 for 189 yards passing with a 29-yard second-quarter touchdown toss to Jessie Britt and a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Young gained 74 yards on 12 carries, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run.

Benny LeMay scored a second-quarter touchdown on a 1-yard run for Charlotte (2-2), which was held to 4 yards of total offense in the first quarter and 90 at halftime.

Chris Reynolds completed 23 of 34 passes for 283 yards, including a 16-yard toucdown pass to R.J. Tyler, a 2-yarder to Chris Phillips and a 9-yarder to Cameron Dollar.

“They have a lot of big-play guys and it started with the opening kickoff,” said 49ers coach Brad Lambert. “You spot them 21 and it’s hard to come back against a team that has weapons like they do. I thought they came out on fire and we didn’t match it right out of the gate.”

UMass 49, Charlotte 31

Charlotte

0

10

7

14

31

UMass

28

7

7

7

49

First Quarter

UMASS—Young 93 kickoff return (Caggiano kick), 14:47

UMASS—Isabella 15 pass from Curtis (Garcia kick), 12:47

UMASS—Young 2 run (Caggiano kick), 11:46

UMASS—Curtis 3 run (Garcia kick), 8:51

Second Quarter

CHA—LeMay 1 run (Cruz kick), 4:37

UMASS—Britt 29 pass from Curtis (Garcia kick), 1:05

CHA—FG Cruz 33, :00

Third Quarter

UMASS—Curtis 2 run (Garcia kick), 7:52

CHA—Tyler 16 pass from C.Reynolds (Cruz kick), 5:50

Fourth Quarter

UMASS—Young 43 run (Garcia kick), 14:52

CHA—Phillips 2 pass from C.Reynolds (Cruz kick), 11:31

CHA—Dollar 9 pass from C.Reynolds (Cruz kick), :22

CHA

UMASS

First downs

22

16

Rushes-yards

40-81

35-136

Passing

283

189

Comp-Att-Int

23-37-0

12-19-0

Return Yards

102

161

Punts-Avg.

4-31.5

4-37.5

Fumbles-Lost

2-1

1-1

Penalties-Yards

4-32

6-59

Time of Possession

36:38

23:22

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Charlotte, LeMay 15-68, A.McAllister 9-38, Camp 3-18, Finger 2-3, (Team) 1-(minus 13), C.Reynolds 10-(minus 33). UMass, Young 12-74, Curtis 9-35, Fredericks 13-30, (Team) 1-(minus 3).

PASSING—Charlotte, Klugh 0-1-0-0, C.Reynolds 23-35-0-283, (Team) 0-1-0-0. UMass, Curtis 12-19-0-189.

RECEIVING—Charlotte, V.Tucker 8-130, Foggie 2-36, Tyler 2-34, Kofa 2-16, LeMay 2-3, Quattlebaum 1-26, Camp 1-12, Dollar 1-9, Ringwood 1-8, Arnold 1-7, Phillips 1-2, A.McAllister 1-0. UMass, Isabella 6-85, Britt 2-33, Young 2-18, Dingle 1-37, Edwards 1-16.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—UMass, Caggiano 20.

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