The Carroll University Pioneers traveled to Lawrence to face the Vikings in the eighth game of their season Saturday, Oct. 31 in the Banta Bowl. Both teams looked fairly unimpressive throughout the first quarter, but shortly after the second quarter began, the Pioneers took control of the game and never looked back. Carroll junior quarterback Chris Casper connected with receivers on two 40-plus-yard touchdown passes and the Pioneers also converted a 35-yard field goal to make the score 17-0 at halftime. Just 27 seconds into the second half, Carroll scored again on a 76-yard pass from Casper to freshman wide receiver Tim Nass. Eleven minutes later, Carroll forced a safety off of a blocked punt, bringing the score to 26-0 at the end of the third quarter. The Vikings managed to erase the “0” from their side of the scoreboard by kicking a 29-yard field goal with just under five minutes to go, but the 26-3 score would hold up as the Viking offense was kept out of the end zone for the fourth game this season. Senior quarterback Nick Maxam threw for 193 yards in the losing effort, while freshman wide receiver Nate Nelson caught nine balls for 75 yards. Seniors Matt Frelich, Kevin Penza and Mike Gostisha all recorded sacks against the Pioneers, while the Viking defense only allowed Carroll to convert two of their 10 third-down opportunities. Team manager Salem Barahmeh commented after the game, “[Carroll] took control of the game early, and we just could not seem to fight our way back into it.” The Vikings look to improve their 1-7 record as they travel to face the 6-3 Ripon College Red Hawks this Saturday at 1 p.m.