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Lincoln hosts Austin in Bid to Move to 3-0

April 10, 2002 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Lincoln Capitols News Release

Having claimed a 51-31 victory over the Omaha Beef in their home opener, the Lincoln Captiols Saturday bid for a 3-0 start to the season when they host the Austin Knights.

Lincoln ran it's mark to 2-0 Sunday afternoon behind quarterback Josh Luedtke's 14-of-19 passing day for 128 yards and four touchdowns and a stingy defense that held an opponent under 200 yards total offense for the second time in as many games. Luedtke found Zach Sangster twice, Damon Benning and Tyrone Tyler for touchdowns, and the Capitols got a rushing touchdown from rookie Rayshawn Askew, who finished Sunday with 56 yards on 12 carries.

"I think I got touched only once," said Luedtke, who brought starting offensive linemen Pat Schaben, Chris Dunkle and Michael Love to the postgame press conference. The unit kept the Omaha defense, led by former Nebraska standout Dwayne Harris, from sacking Luedtke even once.

Kicker Chace Long added three field goals, including a career-best 53-yarder followed by a 49-yarder to finish the first half scoring.

Defensively, the Capitols knocked Beef starter Kwanzi Watts from the game with a concussion in the second quarter, forcing Omaha to utilize receiver Tory Veland at signal caller for the remainder of the game.

The Beef could only manage 43 yards through the air, but did gain 114 rushing yards in suffering their first loss of the season.

Rookie linebacker Darrell Jack led the Capitols defense with 15 tackles and cornerback Heath Staples had a hand in 11 stops.

Austin suffered it's first loss of the season last Saturday night, falling at Lake Charles, 51-31 in a game marred by a brawl and five ejections. The Knights managed only 141 yards of total offense, and only 14 rushing yards.

Saturday's Capitols Charity of the game is the Lincoln Action Program with part of the proceeds from program sales going to the LAP. Also, the Lincoln Action Program will be drawing for the winner of a football signed by former Nebraska and current Green Bay Packer running back Ahman Green during the fourth quarter.

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