Lawrence's comeback fall short against Scots

Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver made his first career start today for the Vikings.
Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver made his first career start today for the Vikings.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team scored 12 fourth-quarter points Saturday, but the Vikings' rally came up short in a 21-18 Midwest Conference North Division loss to Macalester College on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

Lawrence (1-5, 0-2 MWC North) trailed 21-6 with 10 minutes left in the game before scoring a pair of touchdowns, including one on a 91-yard pass play, but Macalester (4-2, 2-0) was able to run out the final three minutes to seal the win.

Lawrence rookie quarterback D'Andre Weaver, making his first career start, completed 11-of-26 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He also ran seven times for 36 yards.

Rookie running back Ethan Simmons ran 10 times for 91 yards and his first career touchdown to pace the Lawrence ground game. Wasonu Allen added nine carries for 62 yards for the Vikings. Rookie receiver Nick Pastrone caught six passes for 61 yards for the Vikings.

Freshman kicker Brandon Hurt made his first two career field goals for Lawrence, but he had one extra point blocked and the second PAT hit the upright and bounced away.

Macalester quarterback Christian Adams completed 18-of-31 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Alec Beatty caught 10 passes for 192 yards and a pair of scores for the Scots.

Lawrence trailed 21-6 after Beatty caught a 25-yard touchdown pass with 10:18 left in the game, but the Vikings bounced back.

Pastrone caught a pass for 16 yards to move the ball to midfield, and Allen then ripped off a 26-yard run. Simmons followed with a 12-yard run and punched it in from 13 yards out two plays later to cut the lead to 21-12 with 8:31 remaining.

Macalester then drove the ball to the Lawrence 42-yard line before the Vikings forced a punt. Matt Glasenapp pinned the Vikings back at their five-yard line, but Lawrence wasn't in the hole for long. Two plays later, Weaver found a wide-open Nichols, who was some 20 yards past the Macalester defense, and he raced the rest of the way for a 91-yard touchdown. 

Nichols' first career touchdown is the third-longest pass play in school history. It trails a 99-yard connection from Nick Maxam to Aljay Wren in 2006 and a 96-yard score from R.J. Rosenthal to Zach Michael in 2001.

The Vikings still trailed 21-18 when the Scots took over at their own 28-yard line with 3:05 left. Adams connected with Beatty for a first down, and a Lawrence facemask penalty gave the Scots another first down. That was enough to allow Macalester to run out the clock.

Lawrence took a 3-0 lead with 1:51 in the first quarter when Hurt hit a line drive 43-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 34-yard drive. The score stayed that way until Macalester scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter.

Adams capped a six-play, 62-yard drive with a seven-yard scoring to give Macalester a 7-3 lead. After the Vikings went three-and-out, Adams hit Beatty with a 41-yard scoring pass two plays later to put the Scots up 14-3.

Lawrence trimmed the lead to 14-6 when Hurt hit a 36-yard field goal with 1:03 left in the third. That capped a nine-play, 38-yard drive.

Linebacker Jake Gostisha piled up 11 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and recoverd a fumble. Cullen Ellis added eight tackles, a sack, 3.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Freshman linebacker Wyatt Lee also recorded his first career interception to go with three tackles.