A look back: the recap of the 2016 football season

Take a quick refresher of what happened last season in 49er football

| August 30, 2017

QB Hassan Klugh returns to the field this Friday in Eastern Michigan. NT File Photo

Before we kick off the 2017-18 campaign for Charlotte football, let’s take a look back at how last season went.

The season started off with a tough road contest against then #21 Louisville and the Niners dropped the contest, 70-14. Charlotte returned home the next week for their first season victory and lone home win against Elon, 47-14.

The Niners dropped their next two contests against Temple and Old Dominion before sophomore quarterback Hasaan Klugh took the reigns of the offense heading into the Florida Atlantic game. Klugh went on to throw for 223 yards and three touchdowns complimented by 54 rushing yards and a touchdown, an impressive first start for the young quarterback. Charlotte defeated FAU 28-23 for their first conference victory of the season and the first C-USA win in program history.

Charlotte added two more huge victories to their resumé against Marshall and Southern Miss, both away games.

With three games left in the season, Charlotte football was sporting a 4-5 overall record, sitting two wins shy of a bowl berth with Rice, Middle Tennessee and UTSA standing in the way. The Niners jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead against Rice  before watching it slip away in a 22-21 loss, putting a hole in the bowl berth sails.

The following Saturday, the inaugural class, or ‘First Class,’ would play their last game at Jerry Richardson Stadium. The two teams traded blows before Charlotte fell to Middle Tennessee, 38-31, officially ending any hopes of going bowling in 2016. The first class had just one more game together.

In the season finale, Charlotte traveled to San Antonio, Tx. to take on UTSA. Despite a Charlotte FBS record receiving day for WR Austin Duke (115 yards, TD), the Niners dropped their final game and finished the season with a 4-8 overall record, including a 3-5 Conference USA record.

Just barely missing a bowl berth in 2016, Hasaan Klugh and the new-look 49ers are poised for another run at it this season. The 49ers are away the first two weeks of competition, traveling to Eastern Michigan and Kansas State. Charlotte will return home to face North Carolina A & T, Klugh’s former team, on September 16 at 6 p.m. under the lights of Jerry Richardson Stadium.

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Jacob is a junior at UNC-Charlotte. His major is Communications-Media and his minor is Journalism. He currently works within the athletics/media relations department as a student assistant and writes for the Niner Times.

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Jacob is a junior at UNC-Charlotte. His major is Communications-Media and his minor is Journalism. He currently works within the athletics/media relations department as a student assistant and writes for the Niner Times.

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