After a preseason intra-squad scrimmage injury to returning quarterback Bo Sheppard, the Peru State football team turned the controls over to Tyler Audsley for its opening game Saturday against Dakota State University.
And Audsley came up big in his first start for the Bobcats as Peru State rolled to a 56-14 victory on the Auburn High School field.
Audsley got the scoring going by sprinting 70 yards for the Bobcats' opening score of the game.
Peru State was up 28-0 at the half and 56-0 after three quarters.
Audsley, who was named Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, finished with 148 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also passed for 60 yards, including a touchdown connection.
Ethan Bray finished the game with 57 yards on 11 carries while Nate Tromblee added 31 yards on six carries and one touchdown.
Lance Steffen caught three of Audsley's passes for 40 yards with Erik Osborne catching one for a touchdown.
Leading the defense was Cody Piotrowski, who finished with ten total tackles.
The defensive unit played big in the turnover game by recording five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
The Bobcats will have a week off which before getting back into competition when they travel to Winfield, Kan., to face the Southwestern College Moundbuilders in the inaugural games in the HAAC/Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).
The two conferences will face each other for a couple of years matching teams which finished in the same position in each conference.
Both the Moundbuilders and Bobcats were seventh in their respective conferences during the 2012 season.
On Saturday, Southwestern opened with a 26-22 win having to make up a 15-point deficit in the first quarter against Oklahoma Baptist , a team which was playing football for the first time in many years.
Game time for the Peru State-Southwestern matchup is 6 p.m.