The Bucs amassed 302 yards of offense (209 on the ground) to Charlotte’s 170 (142 through the air). But it was the Niners who would on the board first. After a flea-flicker from Corey Nesmith Jr. to Trent Bostick went for 41 yards, Kalif Phillips powered his way into the end zone with a seven-yard carry, making it 7-0 with 6:08 left in the frame. CSU got it back, though, early in the 2nd, as they ran it on all ten plays of a eventual scoring drive and tacked on a two-point conversion to make it 8-7.
Ironically, it was a pass play that put some breathing room between the Bucs and Niners. Danny Croghan hit Kevin Glears with a 39-yard bomb with eight seconds left in the half to put the home team up 15-7.
CSU’s Christian Reyes leads all rushers with 125 yards on 11 carries as he needed just three yards coming in to become the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards. Matt Johnson was 8-17 for 101 yards through the air from Charlotte and picked up 20 yards on the ground, more than Phillips (nine on two carries) and Barnwell (zero on five carries). Trent Bostick does lead all receivers with 88 yards on four grabs.
This game is far from over. But it’s clear that the Niners need to keep this Buccaneers running attack under control, or it will be out of hand quickly.