Lincoln comes up short against Fayetteville State

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The Lincoln University Lions, under the leadership of first year head coach Frank Turner, dominated the 3rdquarter against the Fayetteville State University Broncos, in there conference matchup. Unfortunately, the Lions were not able to take the win, falling to FSU in a close 20-17 road contest.

Score: Lincoln 17, Fayetteville State 20
Records: Lincoln (1-2, 0-1), Fayetteville State (1-2, 1-0)
Location: Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium in Fayetteville, NC
Series: Lincoln trails the series, 0-8, against Fayetteville State


  • The first half of the LU verses FSU conference matchup did not see any orange and blue endzone action.
  • Holding the Broncos back for most of the first quarter, the Lions defense stood their ground as FSU was only able to gain a field goal with under 3 minutes left in the quarter.
  • Lincoln’s defense continued to do their job in the second quarter, as the Broncos were only able to enter the endzone in their last drive of the half.
  • Entering the locker room at halftime, the Lions trail 9-0.


  • The 3rd quarter saw high energy from Lincoln, allowing offense a chance to get in on the action.
  • In their opening drive of the half, the Lions got on the board after 6 plays for 91 yards.
  • The action was jumpstarted thanks to Quarterback Isaiah Freeman(Chester, Pa./STEM Academy High School) who ran in for a 1-yard touchdown followed by a good kick from Andre Jandayan.
  • With a score of 9-7, Lincoln got fired up to close the scoring gap and take the lead.
  • In the Lions next drive, Freeman found Dah’mear Triplett (Elkton, Md./Elkton High School) for a 54-yard pass, resulting a Lions touchdown and a lead change.  Andre Jandayan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Frances Academy) sealed the deal with a kick, for a 14-9 Lions lead.
  • The Broncos attempted to make a move in the following play, but Lincoln’s Terryen Haywood(Washington, D.C./HD Woodson High School) found space for an interception.
  • Lincoln held their 14-9 lead to end the 3rd quarter.
  • Keeping the momentum at the start of the 4th quarter, the Lions Kamaal McMillan forced a Broncos fumble, which was recovered by Eric Best (Burlington, N.J./Burlington High School).
  • In that recovery drive, Jandayan locked in a field goal for the Lions to give them a 17-9 lead.
  • FSU came back in the final minutes of the game with a touchdown and 2-point conversion to tie the score 17-all.
  • After an attempt to enter the endzone with a deep pass to Malachi Langley (Chester, Pa./Chester High School) was unsuccessful, the Lions defense fought to hold the Broncos back.
  • With 5 seconds left in the game, the Lions took a timeout to lock in their final plan of action, with FSU still in possession of the ball.
  • A 40-yard field goal as time lapsed ruled in favor of FSU with a final score of 20-17.
  • The Lincoln Lions battled and competed hard against the 2022 CIAA Champions until the final seconds.


  • Quarterback Isaiah Freeman was 16-for-27 on pass completions for 249 yards and 1 touchdown.
  • Wide Receiver Malachi Langley covered 116 yards, on 5 receptions for the Lions, while Dah’mear Triplett entered the endzone after a gain of 64 yards on 3 receptions.
  • Defensively, linebacker Kamaal McMillan led the charge for Lincoln with 12 total tackles (8 solo, 4 assisted), a tackle for a loss of 5 yards and issued a forced fumble. Also, defensive back Jahad Green(Willingboro, N.J./Willingboro High School) collected 5 total tackles (4 solo, 1 assisted) and gave out 2 breakups.
  • Kicker Andre Jandayan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Frances Academy) had his best performance of the season being 2-for-2 on PATs, collected 202 yards on 4 kickoffs and secured a 26 yard field goal.

The Lions will return home to host the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University on September 23. Kick-off is set for 7pm at the LU Athletics Stadium.

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