APPLETON, Wis. — The St. Norbert College football team scored 35 second-quarter points Saturday to break open a close game and went on to a 62-0 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.
The game turned early in the second quarter with St. Norbert (4-2, 4-0 MWC) holding a 6-0 lead. Lawrence (2-4, 1-3) had driven from its 25-yard line all the way to the St. Norbert 29, but Ryan Butterfield’s pass on fourth-and-three fell incomplete.
J.T. Crosby hit Samuel Staehling on a 71-yard scoring pass on the next play, and St. Norbert led 13-0. After St. Norbert got another one-play drive on Elijah Fort’s 41-yard touchdown run for a 20-0 lead, the Vikings fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
St. Norbert took over at the Lawrence four, and Fort scored two plays later for a 27-0 edge. Crosby added two more short scoring runs, one set up by a fumbled punt, and the Green Knights led 41-0 at the half.
The Vikings put together two nice drives in the second half, moving to the St. Norbert six on one and the Green Knights’ 17 on the other, but came up with no points.
Quarterback Philip Santiago ran nine times for 56 yards and was 6-of-12 passing for 49 yards for the Vikings. Butterfield, who started the game at quarterback, had 13 carries for 47 yards and was 2-of-11 passing for four yards.
Crosby ran 13 times for 83 yards and three touchdowns for St. Norbert and completed 12-of-19 passes for 199 yards. Fort ran 11 times for 80 yards and three touchdowns. Staehling had two catches for 104 yards.
Linebacker Hunter Adams finished with a game-high 11 tackles for Lawrence. Linebacker Jake Gostisha finished with nine stops and picked off his fourth pass of the season.