APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team started fast Saturday night on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl, but a pair of early turnovers proved costly as Lake Forest College went on to a 42-14 Midwest Conference North Division game.
Lawrence scored the opening touchdown and was driving for another score but a fumble and a muffed punt led to a pair of Lake Forest scores. The Foresters then broke the game open with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.
Lawrence quarterbacks Billy Wallisch and Tim Owen combined to go 12-for-21 for 133 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Nick Pastrone caught three passes for 46 yards and a score, and Tanner Morris caught four passes for 42 yards for the Vikings. Receiver Ethan Simmons led the Lawrence rushing attack with eight carries for 38 yards.
Jordan McInerney put up a big game for the Lake Forest defense as he recorded 13 tackles, including 5.5 sacks as part of his 6.5 TFLs.
Receiver/returner A.J. Jackson also had a big night for the Foresters (7-1, 4-0 MWC North) as he caught four passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned five punts for 136 yards, including a 50-yard return for a touchdown.
Lawrence (1-7, 0-4) jumped on Lake Forest by taking its first possession and driving 58 yards in eight play for a touchdown. Wallisch capped the drive with a 34-yard scoring pass to Pastrone for a 7-0 lead.
Lawrence was driving for another score on its next possession when Johnny Laponte stripped Wasonu Allen and returned the ball 46 yards to the Lawrence 14-yard line. The Foresters scored four plays later and the lead was cut the 7-6.
Lawrence had just stopped a Lake Forest drive but a fumbled punt was recovered by the Foresters at the Lawrence 10 to set up another touchdown and a 14-7 lead. Lake Forest struck again just before halftime when Jackson caught a 54-yard scoring pass from Bill Degnan for a 21-7 lead at the break.
Lake Forest scored on its opening possession of the third quarter, and Jackson returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown for a 35-7 lead. Jackson later caught a 10-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter.
Lawrence closed the scoring as Owen hit Cameron Wicks with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 3:49 left. That capped a six-play, 42-yard drive for the Vikings.