Vikings fall to Ripon in renewal of state's oldest rivalry

Lawrence football action Wyatt Lee Cullen Ellis
Lawrence's Wyatt Lee (34) finished with a game-high 13 tackles against Ripon.

RIPON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team fell 52-0 to Ripon College at Ingalls Field on Saturday in the state's oldest college rivalry.

Ripon broke open a close game with a 28-point second quarter in the 118th meeting between the teams.

Lawrence moved the ball but was unable to put points on the board. The Vikings penetrated Ripon territory four times, including three trips in the Ripon red zone, but were turned away each time.

Jordan Jenkins and Ty Kimsey paced Lawrence's ground game as Jenkins carried 12 times for 64 yards and Kimsey had four carries for 43 yards. Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver was limited to 6-for-15 passing for 58 yards and two interceptions. 

Lawrence's Ethan Simmons was limited in the run game, but he ripped off a 70-yard kickoff return early in the game that gave the Vikings a first down at the Ripon 17-yard line. An interception ended that drive.

Lawrence linebacker Wyatt Lee collected a game-high 13 tackles, all solo, and that included a tackle for loss. Defensive end Jasaad Graves added seven stops for the Vikings.

Ripon quarterback Cormac Madigan ran 23 times for a game-high 162 yards. Ripon's Tyler VanDeVelde added 13 carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Ripon led 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Red Hawks scored on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter to pull out to a 35-0 lead at the half. An interception and a miscue on punt led to a pair of quick touchdowns for Ripon.

Lawrence drove into Ripon territory in the second quarter but missed a 47-yard field goal. In the second half, the Vikings drove deep into Ripon territory three times but turned the ball over on downs each time.

Lawrence wraps up its season at home next week against a South Division opponent to be determined.