Final drive comes up short for Vikings in nail-biter against Cornell

Lawrence football action Wyatt Lee Sheldon Garman
Lawrence linebacker Wyatt Lee (34) made 27 tackles against Cornell and set the school's season tackles record in the process.

APPLETON, Wis. -- A potential game-tying drive for the Lawrence University football team came up just short Saturday, and Cornell College hung on for a 13-6 victory on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

The game was part of the Midwest Conference Championship Weekend where North Division teams faced off against their South Division rival. With the win, Cornell finishes ninth in the overall standings and Lawrence takes 10th.

Lawrence quarterback D'Andre Weaver was 17-of-39 passing for 213 yards, and he ran 14 times for 34 yards. Tight end Chris Shaw hauled in a game-high seven passes for 65 yards. Lawrence linebacker Wyatt set the Lawrence season record for tackles as he recorded 27 stops, the second-highest game total in school history. Lee finished with 179 tackles on the season to break the record of 172 set by All-American and Lawrence Hall of Famer Chris Lindfelt in 1988.

Lawrence trailed by a touchdown when it got the ball back with 1:31 left on the clock. Weaver and Shaw connected twice to the move the ball to the 50-yard line. After three consecutive incompletions, Weaver found Nick Pastrone, who made a leaping 26-yard catch for a first down at the Cornell 24.

That's where the drive stalled, and a fourth-down pass fell incomplete to give the Rams the win.

Lawrence dominated the game after the first quarter but couldn't finish several scoring drives. Cornell had 143 yards of offense in the first quarter as it scored twice to build a 13-0 lead. The Rams had just 150 yards for the next three quarters as the Vikings shut them out the rest of the way.

Lawrence found its offensive rhythm after just 36 yards of offense in the opening quarter. The Vikings piled up 265 yards the rest of the way to finish with 301 yards on the day.

Late in the second quarter, the Vikings got big catches from Wasonu Allen and Jacob Sullivan to move to the Cornell four-yard line. The Rams stopped a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal from inside the one to keep the Vikings off the board.

Lawrence finished a 10-play drive with Jacob Enos' 32-yard field goal with 6:09 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 13-3. The Vikings drove to the Cornell 21 early in the fourth quarter but missed a 38-yard field goal attempt.

Enos then connected on a 30-yard field goal to finish a nine-play drive to cut the margin to 13-6 with 3:57 remaining. The Vikings came up with another defensive stop, and Cornell punted back to Lawrence to set up the final drive.