Vikings can't overcome big plays by Beloit

Lawrence football action Jasaad Graves
Jasaad Graves finished with nine tackles, including 6.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks against Beloit.

BELOIT, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team held Beloit College in check all day Saturday, but two big plays were enough to give the Bucs a 13-7 Midwest Conference North Division win at Strong Stadium.

Beloit got a 52-yard scoring run from Nano Reyes in the first quarter and a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Lawrence held Beloit to just five first downs and 141 yards of offense. The Bucs were only 1-of-13 on third down and finished with 60 passing yards.

Zachary Adams piled up 11 tackles for the Vikings, including 3.0 tackles for loss. Jasaad Graves had nine stops for the Vikings and included in that total were 2.0 sacks as part of 6.0 tackles for loss. Both Tykee Atkins and Sheldon Garmon picked up interceptions for the Vikings.

Beloit got on the board first with Reyes' long touchdown run with 4:49 left in the opening quarter to grab a 6-0 lead.

Lawrence (1-4, 0-1 MWC North) came back with a quick scoring drive late in the first half. The Vikings took over at their own 46-yard line, and Billy Wallisch found Ethan Simmons for a 29-yard gain to the Beloit 25 on the first play.

Tanner Morris then caught back-to-back seven-yard completions to give the Vikings a first down at the Beloit 11. Wallisch hit Morris for a touchdown on the next play and Lawrence led 7-6 with 47 seconds left in the first half. Wallisch finished 13-for-27 for 92 yards passing, and Morris had six catches for 34 yards.

The score stayed that way until late in the third quarter when Wallisch was picked off by Caleb Wachal at the Lawrence 34-yard line, and Wachal returned it for a touchdown and a 13-7 lead with 54 seconds left in the quarter.

Lawrence was unable to move the ball, but Graves provided a big play to give the Vikings good field position. Graves forced a fumble by Beloit punter Alonso Casillas, and that was recovered by Brian Duong at the Beloit 34 with 3:33 remaining.

A pair of completions to Simmons, who had five catches for 54 yards, moved the ball to the Beloit 22, but three straight incompletions and a fourth-down sack ended the threat. Lawrence got the ball back at its own 43 with 1:36 left but a pair of sacks ended the drive.

Lawrence returns home to Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl next Saturday to face Macalester College.