The Eastern Michigan Eagles squaring off against the Charlotte 49ers might not be the most notable matchup on paper in Week 3, but this scenario between the two on Saturday evening certainly was. Following three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties by the Eagles, Charlotte kicked off from the 20-yard line — Eastern Michigan’s 20-yard line.
— Greg Steiner (@GregSteinerEMU) September 18, 2016
Eastern Michigan jumped out to a 17-3 lead heading into the locker room and tacked on 17 more in the third to widen the lead. Eagles quarterback Todd Porter tossed a pair of scores in the first half.
Charlotte’s had a tough time getting adjusted to new scenery up in the FBS. The program is in the midst of its second season as members of the Conference USA following two seasons in the FCS. Head coach Brad Lambert piloted the 49ers to consecutive wins to open up 2015 and managed to drop the following 10.
Charlotte’s known for all the wrong reasons, a la being whipped by Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson in Week 1 by a score of 70-14. 49ers fans can perhaps bookmark Oct. 1 as the potential breakthrough in scraping together a conference win when the team welcomes Old Dominion.
Eastern Michigan opened up the season with a win over Mississippi Valley State but were trounced the subsequent weekend by the Missouri Tigers, in which the Eagles surrendered 61 points.
Saturday brought together the two underachieving mid-major programs. Nonetheless, the pair managed to create one of the best spectacles you’ll see all weekend (hint: onside kick every single time in that situation).