With over eleven-hundred yards of combined offense and 108 total points scored, it is safe to say that Saturday’s contest between Knox College and Lawrence University was a shootout. Lawrence came out on top 62-42 in what was a record-setting affair.
Few could predict the result early on, as both teams failed to score on their first two possessions. But when Knox sophomore quarterback Drew Diaz connected with junior receiver Jonas Mack for a 17-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter it opened the offensive flood gates.
The end-zone saw action three more times before the quarter ended and a failed two-point conversion from Lawrence left Knox with a 14-13 lead after one period.
But Lawrence dominated the second frame, as Viking quarterback Tyler Barthelmess tossed three unanswered touchdown passes, including a 92-yard strike to Tyler Mazur.
It was not until late in the half before the Prairie Fire responded in the form of a 16-yard touchdown run by junior running back Luke Northam which cut the deficit to 34-21.
The fireworks only continued in the second half, with the teams trading scores on five occasions. When the dust eventually settled and the final numbers were crunched, both offenses had turned out record performances.
Barthelmess broke the Midwest Conference mark for passing yards in a single game (549) and his six touchdown passes tied the second-best single game performance in conference history. Diaz tied the Knox record for touchdown passes in a single game with five, two of which went to senior Clarke Cuthbert. Cuthbert caught eight balls for 181 yards.
Knox will need to regroup quickly as they hit the road to take on preseason conference favorite St. Norbert next Saturday.