Football

Charlotte 49ers vs. Charleston Southern at a glance

Charleston Southern (4-0) at Charlotte (3-1)

Noon, Richardson Stadium

TV: WCCB (Ch. 18)

Radio: WFNZ (610-AM)

Scouting Charleston Southern

The Buccaneers are ranked 25th in this week’s Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll ... Charleston Southern leads the nation in passing defense at 105.0 yards allowed and is third nationally in total defense (221.8 yards per game) ... Darius Hammond is sixth nationally in punt-return average (19.2 yards) ... The Buccaneers beat Charleston-rival The Citadel 20-18 last week ... Fullback Christian Reyes needs 332 yards to become the Big South’s leading career rusher.

Matchup to watch

Charlotte ILB Dustin Crouser vs. Charleston Southern QB Austin Brown: Freshman Crouser is getting his third career start and has led the 49ers in tackles over the past two games (nine against N.C. Central, 15 against Elon). He’ll be in the middle of a 49ers defense that will need to control Brown, who kick starts the Buccaneers’ option offense from the shotgun formation. Brown is first in the Big South and seventh in FCS with a 165.4 pass efficiency rating.

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Numbers to know

24 Rushing attempts against Elon by Kalif Phillips, a 49ers record.

531 More rushing yards by 49ers than opponents (853-322).

4 Turnovers by 49ers last week against Elon.

8 Seniors on Charlotte’s roster.

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