ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Macalester College football team scored the game's final 19 points Saturday to pull away for a 47-21 Midwest Conference North Division win over Lawrence University at Macalester Stadium.
The Vikings had closed to within 28-21 after a touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter, but Macalester countered with back-to-back touchdown drives to pull away. The Scots (5-1, 2-0 MWC North) added a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal the victory.
Ethan Simmons paced the Lawrence offense as he collected 91 rushing yards on just seven carries, and rookie Prince Mukuna added 45 yards on six carries. Jacob Sullivan grabbed an 80-yard touchdown catch for the Vikings (1-5, 0-2). Linebacker Wyatt Lee had another big game for the Lawrence defense as he posted a game-high 17 tackles, and he returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Quarterback Grady Munro had a big game for the Scots as he completed 25-of-32 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. Alec Beatty caught 10 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns to pace Macalester.
Macalester had built a 28-14 lead at the half, but the Vikings scored on the opening possession of the third quarter. Simmons ripped off 65-yard to give Lawrence a first down at the Macalester 17-yard line. Two plays later, backup quarterback Billy Wallisch hit Nick Pastrone on a 13-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 28-21. It was the first touchdown catch of Pastrone's career.
The Scots drove right back down the field with Beatty catching a 38-yard pass to give Macalester a first down at the Lawrence one-yard line. Jeremy Stephan plunged in on the next play to push the lead to 34-21. Lawrence's Chris Shaw blocked the extra point for his second block of the season and sixth of his career.
After Mason Cohn intercepted Wallisch on the next drive, Macalester moved 40 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Stephan finished the drive with a one-yard scoring run, and the Scots led 40-21.
Macalester built an early 14-0 lead before Lee scored his first career touchdown for Lawrence. Lee scooped up a fumble at the Macalester four-yard line and scored to cut the lead in half.
Munro tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to push the lead 21-7 early in the second quarter, but Lawrence hit on a big play to slice into that advantage late in the half. Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver connected with Sullivan on an 80-yard touchdown pass to cut the edge to 21-14 with 1:58 left in the half. The 80-yard reception is the longest of Sullivan's career.
Macalester moved quickly down the field on the ensuing possession, with Beatty catching a key 20-yard pass. Munro finished the drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to Beatty with just 37 seconds left in the first half for a 28-14 advantage.