Allen's big day can't carry Vikings past Knox

Lawrence's Wasonu Allen (1) posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season against Knox.
Lawrence's Wasonu Allen (1) posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season against Knox.

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Lawrence University running back Wasonu Allen rushed for more than 100 yards, but the Vikings couldn't find the end zone in a 30-0 loss to Knox College at the Knosher Bowl.

The game was part of the Midwest Conference Championship Weekend pitting teams from the North Division against their opposite number from the South Division.

Allen ran 20 times for 105 yards for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Allen finished the season with three 100-yard rushing games. Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver completed 8-of-18 passes for 88 yards and two interceptions.

Knox quarterback Matt McCaffrey was the offense for the Prairie Fire (5-5). McCaffrey completed 12-of-19 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 11 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Malik Hamilton had four catches for 121 yards and a touchdown for Knox.

Lawrence had chances early with great field position throughout the first half. On their first five possessions, Lawrence's worst starting field position was its own 40-yard line.

Lawrence (2-8) started one drive at the Knox 35 and another at the Knox 38. The first of those two drives ended with a missed field goal and the second was a turnover on downs after a fake punt came up short.

Knox got scoring drives of 80 and 62 yards to grab a 14-0 lead at the half. The Prairie Fire then added two scores in the third quarter on a 76-yard drive and a 66-yard touchdown pass.

Linebackers Jake Gostisha and Hunter Adams paced Lawrence with seven tackles apiece. Adams had a pair of tackles for loss and a forced fumble, and Gostisha had one TFL, a fumble recovery and one pass breakup.