Turnovers too much to overcome

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. -  For the second consecutive week, the Lincoln University football team turned in a stellar defensive effort. However, it wasn't enough as the Lions fell to Central State, 19-7, in non-conference action at Red Raider Stadium Saturday.

Lincoln yielded just 178 yards of total offense, but a pair of early turnovers enabled the Crusaders to take an early 13-0 lead. All of Central State's 19 points came off LU turnovers.

The miscues led to a four-yard drive and a 16-yard drive, and midway through the first quarter – Lincoln was down by two touchdowns.

Senior Devon Cathcart (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) (Chicago, Ill.) led the defensive effort with 10 tackles, six of them solo, three tackles for loss, a sack, and a quarterback hurry.

Freshman quarterback Andrew Banks (Atlanta, Ga. /Mays) (Atlanta, Ga.) made his debut on Lincoln's third drive of the game, and then led the Lions to their only offensive score on the first drive of the second quarter. The rookie signal-caller capped the 32-yard drive with a two-yard plunge.

Banks finished 16-of-22 for 157 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions but was sacked five times.

Another potential scoring drive was hampered by a sack late in the second quarter, and a rushed field goal attempt as the clock was running down was blocked to preserve the 13-7 lead for the Marauders.

Central State regained its two-possession lead with a six-yard scoring pass with 9:02 remaining. A 49-yard pass, CSU's longest play of the game, set up the scoring strike.

Sophomore running back Ahman Foster-Powell (Henrico, Va./Highland Springs) (Henrico, Va.) finished with 37 yards rushing on nine attempts.

Junior receiver Michael Credle (Bear, Del.) hauled in a season-high seven passes for 48 yards, while freshman Drew Stephens (Newark, N.J. /Abraham Clark) (Newark, N.J.) led the team with 55 yards receiving on just two catches.

Lincoln (0-2) travels to Gardner-Webb 6 p.m. September 18 for its final non-conference game of the season.

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Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.