Charlotte/LA Tech FB recap

Charlotte redshirt senior defensive end Markees Watts (0) snatches the ball out the air for an interception during a football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

The Charlotte football team played some of their best in their last game of the season, earning them a well-deserved 26-21 win over the Louisiana Tech University (LA Tech) Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The 49ers celebrated senior day by sending them out with a bang and a great ending. The team also won their final game as a member of Conference USA (C-USA) as they move to the American Athletic Conference in 2023.

First quarter

The 49er defense came out strong in the first quarter. Charlotte defensive back Bryson Whitehead made a big play to stop the Bulldogs from scoring a touchdown, leading to an attempted kick with 6:33 in the first. 

The Niner defense blocked the kick giving it back to the offense.

The offense seemed to struggle a bit early on. Quarterback Chris Reynolds was sacked in Charlotte's first possession on offense. 

Both teams went scoreless in the first, but wide receiver Grant DuBose secured a 30-yard catch from Reynolds to put the 49ers in field goal range. 

Second quarter

Charlotte put some points on the board with a field goal making the game 3-0. 

LA Tech struck back with a drive that ended in a touchdown making the game 7-3. 

The 49ers responded with a four-yard rushing touchdown from Calvin Camp, putting the team up 10-7 with under four minutes to play in the second quarter. 

Elijah Spencer and Taylor Thompson caught passes on the drive leading to the touchdown. 

Lacy Williams recorded an interception, which led to a 24-yard field goal as the game headed into the half, putting Charlotte up 13-7. 

Third quarter

The team's battled back and forth but LA Tech seemed to gain the upper hand when they moved into the red zone. Charlotte defensive end Markees Watts would end the Bulldog drive with a one-handed interception.

Camp's second touchdown of the game increased Charlotte's lead to 19-7.

With 12:36 remaining, the Bulldogs scored on a 12-play, 75-yard drive to pull within one score, 19-14. 

Charlotte's defense came up with a big stop to give the 49ers' offense a chance to seal the game. 

The 49ers took over at the 42-yard line, and Camp again found his way into the endzone, making it 26-14.

The Bulldogs recorded a field goal in the late going, but it was not enough, as Charlotte won their third game of the season.  

Senior superlatives

Camp, a sixth-year senior running back, ran for 111 yards. He scored all three touchdowns and surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards.

Reynolds completed a pass to tight end Eugene Minter Jr. putting him over the 10,000 career passing yard mark. 

Watts showed up for the 49ers' defense. Charlotte's all-time sack leader had six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and his first career interception to help guide the 49ers to a victory.

Next up

The 49ers' season comes to an end after the win. The team finished the season 3-9 and 2-6 in C-USA play.