Charlotte 49ers coach Brad Lambert hasn’t had a fun year.
Heading into Saturday’s homecoming game with Alabama-Birmingham, the 49ers hadn’t won a game all season. They were 0-7 with a 10-game losing streak dating to last season. Charlotte, and Lambert, were simply looking for a spark.
A big spark came Saturday night at Richardson Stadium.
Down a point in overtime, coach Brad Lambert decided to go for two, win or lose, calling a trick play that called for quarterback Hasaan Klugh to take the snap, hand off to teammate, who flipped the ball to Chris Montgomery. Montgomery then threw to an open Klugh. This kind of play is sometimes called a “Flea Flicker,” and this type of play comes with a big risk.
But the play worked, and it left Klugh a big hero on homecoming. He ran for a touchdown in overtime in the 25-24 win that set up Lambert’s game-winning decision. Klugh threw for 154 yards and a touchdown. He ran for 140 yards and two scores.
Charlotte rallied from a 17-0 deficit to win.
Here’s the game-winning play from two angles
Here’s the celebration
And here’s the social reaction.