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Capitols outduel Bismarck, win 72-70

June 15, 2002 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Lincoln Capitols News Release

Chace Long’s 34-yard field goal as time expired Friday night gave the Lincoln Capitols their eighth win of the season, a 72-70 victory over the Pacific Conference leading Bismarck Roughriders at Lincoln’s Pershing Center.

The Capitols scored twice within 65 seconds in the fourth quarter to regain the lead for the first time since the second period, and after seeing Bismarck score with just over a half minute remaining, Long knocked through his third field goal of the night on as many attempts.

Lincoln’s heroics were set up by Long’s foot as well. After a one-yard plunge by Rayshawn Askew with 2:39 remaining, Long sent a tumbling onside kick towards the far boards, where Jesse Gronemeyer recovered. Lincoln took advantage of the possesion, scoring five plays later when quarterback Josh Leudtke found Ryan Hinske for a seven yard scoring strike, the third time the pair hooked up for a touchdown. Tyrone Tyler caught the two-point conversion to give Lincoln a 69-63 advantage with 1:34 to play.

Bismarck’s A.J. Street returned the ensuing kickoff to the 18 yard line, and following a three-yard delay penalty against Lincoln, led the Roughriders to the endzone with 32 seconds showing on the clock, finding Quentin Cradle on a 17-yard toss for a touchdown.

Lincoln’s Ty Goode snared the kickoff at the 22-yard line of Capitols’ territory, and Lincoln ran time down to set up Long’s field goal, giving Lincoln the two-point win, and evening the season series between the Roughriders and Capitols.

Luedtke threw for 213 yards on a 21-of-30 night, matching his season best with six touchdowns. He found Tyler a season high 10 times for 88 yards and a pair of scores and Hinske five times for 70 yards and three touchdowns. Askew ran for a pair of touchdowns and finished with a season high 22 carries, racking up 90 yards.

Ragsdale countered with 20-of-30 for 263 yards and five scores and ran for two more. Cradle scored a trio of rushing touchdowns and caught two more to lead the Roughrider offensive attack.

Lincoln was led defensively by strong safety Travis Kopf, who registered 12 tackles.

Now 8-4 overall, and 5-0 at home, the Capitols are off this coming week. Following the bye, Lincoln will host RiverCity, Saturday night, June 29th at 7:35. The Capitols close the regular season the following Friday night when they meet the Tri-City Diesel.

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