APPLETON, Wis. -- The University of Chicago football team got off to a fast start Saturday and went on to a 49-0 Midwest Conference North Division win over Lawrence University on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.
The Maroons (3-2, 1-0 MWC North), aided by a big special teams play, jumped out a 21-0 edge after one quarter and led 42-0 at the half.
Chicago rookie quarterback Jeffrey Jackson completed 15-of-24 passes for 238 and two touchdowns. He also ran six times for 68 yards. Jacob Jackson caught six passes for 99 yards for the Maroons.
Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver was 5-of-13 passing for 58 yards before leaving with an injury. Billy Wallisch came on in relief and completed 4-of-10 passes for 53 yards. Ethan Simmons caught four passes for 54 yards and had two kickoff returns for 77 yards, including a 58-yard return.
Defensive end Jasaad Graves recorded seven tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for Lawrence (1-4, 0-1). Linebacker Wyatt Lee paced the Vikings with 10 stops and picked up an interception.
Chicago scored on its first drive of the game on Jeffrey Jackson's 40-yard touchdown run, and the Maroons quickly made it 14-0. A snap over punter Jacob Enos' head gave Chicago the ball at the Lawrence five-yard line, and the Maroons scored on the next play. Caden Kalinowski caught a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead.
The Maroons added three more scores in the second quarter to pull away as Vittorio Tricase and Nick D'Ambrose ran for touchdowns and Elliott Grays caught a scoring pass.
The Chicago defense held Lawrence to 129 total yards. Chicago's Mike McGinley recorded six tackles, including a sack and 2.5 TFLs, and recovered a fumble.