DE PERE, Wis. - St. Norbert College remained one game out of first place in the Midwest Conference standings with three games left to play with a 79-7 shellacking of Lawrence University on Kolstad Field at Schneider Stadium.
The Green Knights (5-2, 5-1 MWC) set a school record for points, and also matched a school record by holding Lawrence (1-5) to just three first downs - last accomplished in 1960 against Carroll.
St. Norbert, which is idle next week, has road games remaining at Beloit and Grinnell before finishing at home on Nov. 10 against Lake Forest, which is undefeated in the MWC at 6-0.
The Green Knights wasted little time getting separation from the Vikings, pulling out to a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. St. Norbert led 45-0 at halftime and 65-7 after three quarters. Ten different players accounted for 11 St. Norbert touchdowns.
Austin Williams had touchdown runs of five and three yards in the first quarter, while James Tringali, and Brad Boockmeier added rushing touchdowns. Pat Gradus returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown during the scoring avalanche in the first quarter.
Williams finished with 172 yards on 18 carries for three touchdowns. Boockmeier added 56 yards rushing on eight carries for the Green Knights, which piled up 366 yards rushing on 65 carries. Tringali completed 7 of 13 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown, and Joe Green caught three passes for 109 yards and one score. Overall, St. Norbert finished with 551 yards on 83 plays and was 14-for-19 on third-down conversions.
Lawrence finished with 120 yards of total offense on 49 plays, and punted 11 times with four turnovers. The Vikings picked up two rushing first downs and one passing, and were 1-for-12 on third-down conversions.