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Grades for Charlotte game

OFFENSE: F

Five possessions in the second half, five trips to the Charlotte end, zero points. all I need to know.

DEFENSE: D

Can’t flunk them. Giving up the 16-play, 80-yard go-ahead TD drive was tough to watch, and the unit gave up 263 1st-half yards, yes, but it also had a few three-and-outs. Ultimately offense and special teams lost it.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F

Hyleck Foster had a 52-yard kickoff return, Keion Davis nearly fumbled a kick into the end zone from the 10 and Amareto Curraj missed a game-tying attempt. The placekicker position needs to be reexamined.

QUARTERBACKING: C

Can’t flunk Chase Litton, either. You can do worse than 32 of 46 for 262 yards, and he was victimized by 2 big-time drops.

COACHING: F

Watching the defense botch the Jason Smith “Is he in or is he out?” substitution was enough for me. And what was up with Raylen Elzey in the game on a critical down?

OVERALL: F

Charlotte is better than it was a year ago, but you have to beat those guys. And the Herd went from being in the thick of the division race to facing a bowl-less season.