LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Lake Forest College football team scored with 18 seconds left Saturday to pull out a 35-34 nonconference win over Lawrence University at Farwell Field.
The lead changed hands three times in the final 4:37 in what was a wild finish.
Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver was 17-of-26 passing for 215 yards and a touchdown. He also ran 17 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. Ethan Simmons ran 11 times for 57 yards for the Vikings, and he scored a huge special teams touchdown. Rookie Tanner Morris had the biggest day of his young Lawrence career as he caught six passes for 80, and Chris Shaw had seven catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Lawrence (1-2) led 27-14 after Jacob Enos connected on a 27-yard field with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter. Lake Forest cut the lead to 27-21 with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Chris Edomwande caught a three-yard scoring pass to complete the drive and finished with 11 catches for 137 yards and two scores.
The Vikings then pinned Lake Forest at its own one-yard line with a 45-yard Enos punt on the next possession. The Foresters moved the length of the field in 12 plays with Jagan Cleary hitting John Rall with an 11-yard touchdown pass with 4:37 left to put the Foresters up 28-27. Cleary was 28-of-45 for 372 yards and three touchdowns.
Lawrence took the ball back and moved right down the field. Weaver scrambled for a key first down at the Lake Forest 49 but was sacked on the next play. He then connected with Morris for 12 yards and then found Shaw, who rumbled 25 yards and a first down at the Lake Forest 19.
Two plays later, Weaver hit Wasonu Allen for 11 yards and a first down at the Lake Forest four-yard line. Weaver scrambled for a touchdown on the next play to put Lawrence ahead 34-28 with 1:02 remaining.
Lake Forest had moved to its own 41 when Cleary hit Rall down the seam for 51 yards to the Lawrence eight. Alex Adams ran it on the next play, and the Foresters tacked on the extra point to lead 35-34 with 18 seconds left.
The Vikings managed to move the ball to the Lake Forest 38 before time expired.
Lake Forest took the early lead on Adams' 36-yard scoring run just 33 seconds into the game. After a 42-yard field goal from Enos cut the lead to 7-3, Lawrence blocked Michael Bounds' punt on the next drive. Simmons blocked the punt and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown and a 10-7 lead. It was the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown by the Vikings since Eric Karnosky did it against Coe College on Sept. 21, 1991.
The Vikings added to their lead after stopping Lake Forest on a fourth-and-one play at the Foresters' 33. Three plays later, Weaver broke loose for 23 yards to get to the Lake Forest four. Allen ran it in on the next play, and the Vikings led 17-7.
Edomwande caught a 22-yard scoring pass with 1:41 left in the first half to cut the lead to 17-14, but Lawrence answered before the half. The Vikings moved 77 yards in seven plays for a touchdown.
Weaver hit Morris with a 32-yard pass to the Lake Forest 34-yard line, and then connected with Simmons on another 32-yard pass to the Lake Forest two. Shaw caught a two-yard scoring pass on the next play to put Lawrence up 24-14 at the half.