49ers hold off Southern Miss., path to bowl eligibility in sight
Football is fun these days for the Charlotte 49ers.
Charlotte beat Conference USA foe Southern Mississippi 20-17 Saturday at Richardson Stadium, improving its record to 4-4, 3-2 in Conference USA. With four games remaining, the 49ers continue to show steady and significant improvement over last season’s one-victory mark. The 49ers, in fact, are two victories away from being bowl eligible. And it feels good.
“I don’t even like to think about last year; this year feels brand new,” said junior linebacker Jeff Gemmell, who had 10 tackles and a sack against the Golden Eagles (3-4, 2-2). “It’s like back in the high school days, winning games and having fun. The whole atmosphere of this facility - the trainers, the weighttraining staff - everyone’s happy.
“Everyone who works in this building right here. Everyone who works in this building right here wants us to be successful.”
The 49ers have never had a winning season in their five-plus seasons of existence. With four games remaining (in-
Charlotte linebacker Juwan Foggie intercepts his second pass of the game and his sixth of the season against Southern Miss on Saturday. Foggie leads the nation in picks.