Lake Forest College remains unbeaten following a 14-7 Midwest Conference win against Knox College on Saturday in Galesburg, Illinois. The Foresters broke a scoreless stalemate when quarterback Mike Lewis connected with Alex Pasiewicz from 37 yards with 4:43 remaining in the first half for a 7-0 lead. Lake Forest defensive back Pat Clark intercepted a pass from Knox quarterback Luke Oosterbaan deep in Prairie Fire territory and returned it to the 4 yard line. The Foresters capitalized on a quick hitter from
Wilson to tight end Greg Alonso for a 14-0 lead at the 4:09 mark of the third quarter. Knox responded with a 12-play, 80-yard drive and cut the Lake Forest lead to 14-7 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Derek Mortensen with 5:13 to play in the game. The Prairie Fire followed by recovering an onside kick. The Foresters, with the top-ranked defense in the Midwest Conference, held as Knox gave the ball back on downs with 3:49 in regulation. Lake Forest (4-0, 3-0 MWC) ran six plays, and on a fourth down and 1 at the Knox 36 yard line, the Prairie Fire stopped running back Alec Howe at the line of scrimmage and got one more chance to tie the game with 1:21 to go. Clark stepped up for the Foresters on the first play Knox ran by intercepting his second pass of the afternoon to secure the win. Lake Forest, with a Midwest Conference-best seven interceptions going into the contest, picked Oosterbaan off three times and forced four total turnovers. Lewis completed 17 passes for 155 yards. The Foresters added 121 rushing yards, led by Charlie Quinn with 89.
Knox (0-4, 0-3 MWC) had 198 yards of total offense, including 142 through the air on 14 completions by Oosterbaan. Lake Forest held the Prairie Fire to a season-low 56 yards on the ground. Linebacker John Preston led the Foresters with 10 tackles and he forced a fumble. Prairie Fire linebacker Mitch Weissenhofer had a game-high 12 tackles and also forced a fumble.