Lawrence rally comes up short at Cornell

Lawrence football action Zachary Adams
Zachary Adams (52) blocked an extra point in Lawrence's game at Cornell.

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa -- The Lawrence University football team's rally came up short Saturday in a 22-17 nonconference loss to Cornell College at Ash Park.

Lawrence led 10-0 before Cornell scored the next 22 points, but the Vikings got a late touchdown to pull close.

Lawrence backup quarterback Billy Wallisch, subbing for an injured D'Andre Weaver, was 11-for-26 for 149 yards passing. Halfback Wasonu Allen led the Lawrence ground game with 16 carries for 66 yards, and Ethan Simmons grabbed five passes for 69 yards.

Defensive tackle Steven Snyder and linebacker Eder Bellegarde paced the Vikings (1-2) with seven tackles apiece.

Cornell (2-1) built its lead to 22-10 in the fourth quarter when Jordan Burke recovered a Lawrence fumble at the Vikings' six-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown. Burke stopped the next Lawrence drive with an interception, but the Vikings got the ball back with 4:20 remaining.

Simmons grabbed a 24-yard pass to the Lawrence 47, and a personal foul penalty on the Rams moved the ball to the Cornell 38. Tanner Morris then caught the next three passes, the last one a 23-yard gain to the Cornell one-yard line. Wallisch plunged in for the score three plays later to trim the lead to 22-17 with 1:39 left.

The Vikings' attempted an onside kick, but Cornell recovered and was able to run out the clock.

Lawrence got the scoring started in the first quarter when Brandon Hurt connected on a 29-yard field goal for a 3-0 edge. The big play in the drive was a 27-yard run by Allen that gave Lawrence a first down at the Cornell 42.

The Vikings put together another scoring drive midway through the second quarter. Lawrence had six consecutive run plays to move the ball to the Cornell 27-yard line. Pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the next two plays moved the ball to the Cornell six-yard line, and Allen blasted in for the touchdown on the next play for a 10-0 lead.

Cornell bounced back on its next possession and moved 77 yards in seven plays for a touchdown, but Lawrence's Zachary Adams blocked the extra point to give the Vikings a 10-6 lead at the half.

The Rams blocked a punt on the opening possession of the second half to set up a scoring drive. Cornell took over at the Lawrence 35, and Adam Nicoll kicked a 33-yard field goal seven plays later to trim the margin to 10-9.

A short punt helped set up Cornell's next scoring drive as the Rams took over at their own 45-yard line. Trevhon Porterfield's 35-yard run moved the ball to the Lawrence one-yard line, and Isaak Hahn ran it in on the next play for a 16-10 lead.

Lawrence returns home next Saturday to face Illinois College.