The Lawrence University Football team lost to Lake Forest 27-6 last Saturday. The loss brings the Vikings to within one loss of a winless season. The Vikings were completely outplayed last weekend against the Foresters. They fell behind 24-0 before finally scoring with just under six minutes remaining in the game.
Turnovers continued to victimize the Vikings as they threw three interceptions and gave up a fumble.
The game started off on a bad note for LU. The first play from scrimmage was a Chris McGinley interception. Things just spiraled downward from there.
It only took Lake Forest a minute to get in the end zone, and with the missed extra point the score was 6-0. Both teams looked terrible on offense; theytraded punts back and forth.
The Vikings could not seem to take advantage of any breaks. After an Andy Kazik interception, the Vikings were poised to move downfield.
The play collapsed, however, and Robert Campagna’s punt was blocked, setting up a field goal that made the score 9-0.
During the next possession for LU, McGinley was intercepted again, and the Foresters took advantage by scoring another touchdown. Don Lackey took it in from 13 yards out to make it 16-0.
The scoring was ended for the half a few minutes later when Casey Urlacher took a run in from the two-yard line to put Lake Forest up 24-0.
The third quarter was uneventful, with neither team scoring. Justin Berrens took over for LU on their only scoring drive. He took every single play for the Vikings, capping it off with a 15-yard run for the TD.
The extra point failed, making the score 24-6. Lake Forest kicker Pat Dunne added a 50-yard field goal, making it 27-6.
Berrens again was the lone bright spot for the LU offense. He ended up with 120 yards on 39 carries. Berrens now has 1196 yards on the season and five touchdowns for the Vikings.
Andy Kazik has been the star on defense for LU. He leads the team with 74 tackles, and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
This week the Vikings will play the biggest game they may have ever played. The Vikings will attempt to avoid putting a mark in the records that no Lawrence Football team has ever done in the past.
When the Vikings take on rival Ripon tomorrow in the Banta Bowl, they will try to avoid a loss that will bring them to 0-10 on the season.
It would be the only winless season in the 110 years Lawrence has played football. That’s right, Lawrence has never in its entire history had a winless season.
The Vikings’ task will be daunting. The Redhawks come in at 6-3 and have played extremely well this season.
However, the LU-Ripon game is always interesting. Even when the Vikings have had bad years, they have upset the Redhawks.
The Vikings will be flirting with history tomorrow, and it will take all they can muster to gain a victory.
Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. at the Banta Bowl. The game will be broadcast on Lawrence’s radio station, 91.1 FM.