Created: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 09:09:00 EST
Updated: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 09:12:51 EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Charlotte's football debut couldn't have gone much better Saturday as the 49ers defeated the Campbell Camels 52-7 in their inaugural game before a standing-room only crowd of 16,630 at the new Jerry Richardson Stadium.
Freshman Matt Johnson threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers jumped out to a 32-0 second quarter lead and never looked back.
Safety Mark Hogan got things rolling for the 49ers with a 32-yard interception return for the school's first ever touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.
Among the notables taking in the 49ers' historic afternoon included Richardson _ the Carolina Panthers owner for whom the 49ers' stadium is named after _ former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl, former trustee Mac Everett and Gov. Pat McCrory.