GAMEDAY College Football

Charlotte 42, Middle Tennessee 39

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chris Reynolds punched the ball four straight times up the middle to score the insurance touchdown with a leap over the pile from the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter and Charlotte fended off Middle Tennessee 42-39 in a Conference USA slugfest.

The touchdown with four minutes left, on top of four passing touchdowns, made for a career scoring night for Reynolds, who passed for 339 yards. Grant DuBose caught 9 passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Calvin Camp broke off a 44-yard scoring run to end the third quarter and racked up 101 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Chase Cunningham threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns to five different receivers for the Blue Raiders (1-3, 0-2) in his first career start. The junior had entered with five career scoring passes and a 150-yard single-game best effort.

After four lead changes through the second and third quarters, Charlotte wrapped two touchdowns around a Middle Tennessee three-and-out to grab a 35-24 lead with 10:27 remaining, breaking the pattern of the two teams trading scores.

The scoring drives on consecutive possessions, plus Reynolds' winner from the 1, swung momentum to the 49ers (3-1, 1-0).

Reed Blankenship was credited with 13 tackles, six solo, to become the all-time leading tackler for Middle Tennessee with 348 career tackles. He entered the game needing 10 to claim the 35-year old mark from Roosevelt Colvard (344, 1983-86).


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MiddTnChar
Char TD 7:25 Grant DuBose 17 yard TD pass from Chris Reynolds (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 7
MiddTn TD 3:27 Jimmy Marshall 7 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin Extra Point) 7 7
Char TD 0:57 Grant DuBose 12 yard TD pass from Chris Reynolds (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter MiddTnChar
MiddTn TD 11:15 Jaylin Lane 24 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin Extra Point) 14 14
MiddTn FG 7:49 Zeke Rankin 26 yard field goal 17 14
Third Quarter MiddTnChar
Char TD 7:04 Elijah Spencer 18 yard TD pass from Chris Reynolds (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 17 21
MiddTn TD 6:16 DJ England-Chisolm 51 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin Extra Point) 24 21
Char TD 0:00 Calvin Camp 44 yard TD run (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 24 28
Fourth Quarter MiddTnChar
Char TD 10:27 Shadrick Byrd 19 yard TD pass from Chris Reynolds (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 24 35
MiddTn TD 8:21 Jarrin Pierce 16 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Jaylin Lane 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 32 35
Char TD 4:00 Chris Reynolds 1 yard TD run (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 32 42
MiddTn TD 2:12 Yusuf Ali 12 yard TD pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin Extra Point) 39 42
Team Stats
  Middle Tennessee Charlotte
First downs 25 32
  Rushing 6 11
  Passing 16 18
  Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Efficiency 2-11, 18% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 23-123 40-207
Passing Yards 379 339
Return Yards 0 77
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-40-0 25-36-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-1 0-0
Punts 5 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 10-86 7-62
Middle Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Cunningham 28 40 379 5 0
Charlotte Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Reynolds 25 36 339 4 0
Middle Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Cunningham 9 65 7.2 0
B. Anderson 6 35 5.8 0
A. Rasul 6 12 2.0 0
J. Lane 1 7 7.0 0
D. England-Chisolm 1 4 4.0 0
Charlotte Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Camp 12 101 8.4 1
S. Byrd 14 72 5.1 0
C. Reynolds 9 32 3.6 1
C. McEachern 2 15 7.5 0
Middle Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Pierce 10 92 9.2 1
J. Marshall 5 73 14.6 1
D. England-Chisolm 3 67 22.3 1
Y. Ali 3 64 21.3 1
J. Lane 4 44 11.0 1
B. Anderson 1 18 18.0 0
I. Gathings 1 12 12.0 0
A. Rasul 1 9 9.0 0
Charlotte Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. DuBose 9 114 12.7 2
V. Tucker 5 108 21.6 0
E. Spencer 4 51 12.8 1
S. Byrd 2 41 20.5 1
R. Carriere 1 14 14.0 0
T. Thompson 2 10 5.0 0
J. Mack 1 3 3.0 0
C. Camp 1 -2 -2.0 0
Middle Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Charlotte Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Middle Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ulbrich 5 212 42.4
Charlotte Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rice 3 146 48.7
Middle Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Charlotte Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Dollar 1 5 5.0
Middle Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Charlotte Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Byrd 3 60 20.0
T. Murray 1 0 0
C. Camp 1 12 12.0
Middle Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
Charlotte Missed FG
Player Length
J. Cruz 35




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