Late TD pushes Lawrence past Grinnell

Ethan Simmons (9) scored the game-winning touchdown in Lawrence's 20-13 victory over Grinnell.
Ethan Simmons (9) scored the game-winning touchdown in Lawrence's 20-13 victory over Grinnell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University's Ethan Simmons scored on a three-yard touchdown run with 3:16 remaining Saturday to lift the Vikings to a 20-13 nonconference win over Grinnell College on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

Simmons' touchdown run broke a 13-13 tie and capped a crisp seven-play, 47-yard scoring drive. 

Wasonu Allen led Lawrence (1-0) with 17 carries for 101 yards. Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver was 9-of-19 passing for 96 yards, and he ran 11 times for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Lawrence sophomore linebacker Wyatt Lee, making his first start, finished with 14 tackles, including 1.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Linebacker Ryan Slager was the star for Grinnell as he finished with 20 tackles.

Grinnell (0-1) put together back-to-back long scoring drives late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to tie the game at 13-13. The Pioneers had a chance to take the lead but Patrick Goldammer's extra-point attempt was blocked by 6-foot-7 Chris Shaw

Lawrence then stuffed Grinnell on its next drive as Lee came up with sack for an 11-yard loss. After a short punt, Lawrence took over at the Grinnell 47-yard line. 

Allen ripped off runs of six, eight and 22 yards, sandwiched around an eight-yard run by Jordan Jenkins, to start the drive. Allen's 22-yard run set up first-and-goal at the three, and Simmons took it to the end zone three plays later on a fly sweep to put the Vikings ahead for good.

Lawrence got the scoring started in the first quarter with a seven-play, 45-yard drive in the first quarter. Allen had a 16-yard run to the Grinnell one, and Weaver plunged in on the next play for a 7-0 lead.

Lawrence added a field goal early in the second quarter to go up 10-0. Rookie Jacob Enos connected on a 39-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 45-yard drive. 

The Vikings picked up another field just before the end of the half. After a pass completion to Shaw to the Grinnell 21, Lawrence called time out with 0.1 seconds left. Enos then drilled a 38-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 13-0 lead at the half.

Enos had a great day in his debut, going 2-for-2 on field goals, had a pair of touchbacks on his four kickoffs and posted a 40.7-yard average on six punts with three inside the 20. 

Lawrence picked up its first season-opening win since a 21-8 win at Minnesota-Morris in 2006. This marks the first time the Vikings have opened the season with a win in the Banta Bowl since a 30-7 win over Knox in 2004.