Chris Reynolds hit the ball four times in a row in the middle to score the insurance touchdown with a jump over the stack from the 1-yard line at the end of the fourth quarter and Charlotte fought off Middle Tennessee 42-39 in the ‘a Conference USA slugfest on Friday night.
The touchdown with four minutes left, in addition to four passing touchdowns, gave Reynolds a career goal night, who had 339 yards. Grant DuBose caught 9 passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Calvin Camp interrupted a 44-yard rush to finish the third quarter and racked up 101 rushing yards 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 came in with five career-scoring assists and a best-effort 150 yards in one game.
After four changes of lead in the second and third quarters, Charlotte wrapped two touchdowns around a Middle Tennessee three-and-out to take a 35-24 lead with 10:27 remaining, shattering the pattern. two teams exchanging scores.
The score is based on back-to-back possessions, plus Reynolds’ winner of 1, gave the 49ers a boost (3-1, 1-0).
Reed Blankenship was credited with 13 tackles, including six solo, to become Middle Tennessee’s all-time all-time tackle with 348 career tackles. He entered the game needing 10 to claim the 35-year-old mark of Roosevelt Colvard (344, 1983-86).
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