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Charlotte 49ers Football Gameday: vs. Texas-San Antonio

Charlotte 49ers junior running back Kalif Phillips is 11th in the nation among active Football Bowl Subdivision players with 3,103 career rushing yards.
Charlotte 49ers junior running back Kalif Phillips is 11th in the nation among active Football Bowl Subdivision players with 3,103 career rushing yards. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Texas-San Antonio (1-8, 1-4) at Charlotte (2-7, 0-6)

2 p.m., Jerry Richardson Stadium

TV: Fox College Sports

Radio: WFNZ, 610 AM. Pregame show begins at 1 p.m.

SCOUTING SAN ANTONIO

The Roadrunners have lost four straight, including last week’s 36-31 homecoming loss to Old Dominion. … San Antonio is averaging 22.2 points, 156.3 yards rushing and 207.3 yards passing per game; however, the Roadrunners’ defense has allowed 34.7 points, 170.3 yards rushing and 271.4 yards passing per game.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Charlotte’s passing game vs. San Antonio’s pass defense: Three different 49ers quarterbacks – Brooks Barden, Matt Johnson and Lee McNeill – have combined for a league-worst 19 interceptions this season, 17 coming in losses. Charlotte can’t afford those kinds of mistakes against the Roadrunners, whose 10 picks are tied for fourth in the league, and two INTs returned for TDs tied for second.

OBSERVATIONS

▪  The 49ers are in need of a late-season win. Charlotte has lost its past seven games after a 2-0 start, and is still looking for its first Conference USA win.

▪  The Roadrunners are also looking to turn their season around, and have been close to breaking through – in their past five losses, four have been by seven or fewer points.

▪  Charlotte junior running back Kalif Phillips is 11th in the nation among active Football Bowl Subdivision players with 3,103 career rushing yards.

▪  On the injury front, the 49ers will be without junior running back Braden Smith, who will had surgery on a torn ACL earlier this week; and junior linebacker Nick Cook will miss his second straight game for an injured toe.

BY THE NUMBERS

2 Number of BCS national championship game appearances San Antonio coach Larry Coker made while at Miami. The Hurricanes beat Nebraska for the title in 2001, Coker’s first year as coach, but lost to Ohio State in the 2002 title game.

17 Number of times the Roadrunners have turned the ball over this season – six interceptions, and 11 fumbles lost.

49 Number of yards Phillips needs to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season. The Kannapolis native has 951 rushing yards this season, and 1,436 yards as a sophomore.

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