Maroons down Lawrence in Midwest Conference opener

Lawrence's Cole Erickson caught a two-point conversion pass on the Vikings' touchdown at Chicago.
Lawrence's Cole Erickson caught a two-point conversion pass on the Vikings' touchdown at Chicago.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Chandler Carroll scored four touchdowns Saturday to lead the University of Chicago to a 28-8 Midwest Conference North Division win over Lawrence University at Stagg Field.

A pair of second-quarter touchdowns, including one in the final seconds of the opening half, staked the Maroons to a 21-8 lead at the break, and Chicago added a third-quarter touchdown to complete the scoring.

Chicago (3-2, 1-0 MWC North) limited Lawrence (1-4, 0-1) to 156 yards of offense, but the Vikings held the Maroons to just 277.

Carroll carried 21 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns, and he caught five passes for 47 yards and a score. Chicago quarterback Cambell Garrett was 11-for-20 for 158 yards.

Wasonu Allen paced Lawrence's rushing attack with 15 carries for 41 yards, and Trevor Spina had five carries for 36 yards and a touchdown.

A turnover helped get the Vikings on the board in the first quarter after a fumbled punt return was recovered by rookie Ethan Simmons at the Chicago 24-yard line. Spina burst through on the next play for the touchdown, and the Vikings tacked on a two-point conversion pass from D'Andre Weaver to Cole Erickson for an 8-0 lead.

Lawrence nearly made it 14-0 on the next Chicago possession when Dan Rothbauer returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, but the play was wiped out by a Lawrence penalty. Carroll would cap that drive with a two-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 8-7.

Weaver, who split time at quarterback with Philip Santiago, was intercepted in the second quarter to set up Chicago's next touchdown. Grant Byrne's interception gave Chicago the ball at the Lawrence 28, and the Maroons scored four plays later on Carroll's three-yard run for a 14-8 edge with 6:48 left in the opening half.

Chicago got one last chance in the opening half when the Vikings punted with 43 seconds left. The Maroons took over at their 37 and hit on pass plays of 23 and 19 yards to set up a first down at the Lawrence 14. Garrett hit Carroll with a 14-yard scoring pass on the next play and Chicago led 21-8 with 13 seconds left in the half.

The Vikings put together a 15-play drive to start the second half, but Will Nichols missed a 28-yard field goal and Chicago took over. The Maroons scored four plays later on Carroll's 39-yard run for a 28-8 lead.

Lawrence pushed into Chicago territory only one more time in the game.

Rothbauer paced the Lawrence defense with seven tackles, and Cullen Ellis, Carl Olsen and AJ Wansley added six tackles apiece.