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        The Dakota State University football team hosted Peru State College (Neb.) in both teams' season opener Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field.  The Trojans earned a 10-7 halftime lead.  Peru State outscored DSU 28-7 in the third quarter.  DSU scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, but fell short to the Bobcats by the score of 35-27.


Peru State scored the first points of the game in the first quarter.  Ryan Ludlow rushed for a 66-yard touchdown and Levi Cockle added a PAT kick to give Bobcats a 7-0 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.


The Trojans tied the game in the early second quarter.  On a third-down-and-17 situation on PSC's 20-yardline, Brandon Large rushed for 20-yard touchdown.  Nic Behrens added a successful PAT kick as Dakota State the game at 7-7.  The Trojans used 12 plays for 72 yards in five minutes and 49 seconds in the scoring drive.


DSU used 11 plays for 58 yards in 5:51 (including a 34-yard pass from Large to Stacey Berg in the drive) in their next scoring drive.  Behrens kicked a 42-yard field goal with less than four minutes left before intermission as DSU grabbed a 10-7 lead.


PSC quickly scored twice to start the third quarter.  Bo Shepard ran for 57 yard touchdown, followed by Cockle's PAT kick to overtake the lead from DSU at 14-10 (14:12 remaining in third quarter).  The Bobcats added another score from Ludlow as he ran 86 yards for a touchdown with 12:15 left in third quarter.  Cockle's PAT kick was good to extend Peru State's lead to 21-10.


Large connected to Berg for a 66-yard touchdown pass in the ensuing drive for DSU.  Behrens added a PAT kick to trim DSU's deficit to 21-17 with 12:02 left in the third quarter.


Peru State answered back with a 37-yard rushing touchdown by Shepard.  Cockle kick the extra point as the Bobcats extended their lead to 28-17 with 9:36 remaining in third.


PSC made it 35-17 when Shepard threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Audsley (Cockle's kick was good) with less than seven minutes left in the third quarter.


The Trojans used seven plays for 77 yards in 2:29 in the fourth quarter as Large recorded a 2-yard rushing touchdown.  In this drive, Large threw a 39-yard pass to Berg to set up the scoring drive.  Behrens added a PAT kick as DSU trimmed their deficit to 35-24 with 10:49 remaining in the game.


Behrens added a 28-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the game as DSU cut PSC's lead to 35-27.  The Trojans used 15 plays for 74 yards in 3:05 in the scoring drive.


DSU was unable to complete a successful onside kick as Peru State secured the game.


Large was 26-for-40 with 341 passing yards with a touchdown pass for the Trojans.  He also rushed 10 times for 18 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.  Berg had seven receptions for 179 yards and recorded a touchdown.  Carl Curtis added six catches for 83 yards.  Kris Dearie rushed 15 times for 49 yards.  Michael Williams had eight carries for 28 yards.  Behrens recorded two successful field goals (42-yard and 28-yard) in two attempts.


Ludlow had 14 rushing attempts for 204 yards and two touchdowns for Peru State.  Shepard added 12 rushes for 129 yards with two touchdowns.  He was 4-for-12 for 69 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Audsley had one catch for 40 yards and a touchdown.


Craig Hertz and Eric Liles each had 12 tackles for the Trojans.  Aaron Gronwald had an interception and returned for seven yards.  Matt Engelmann recorded two tackles-for-loss of six yards. 


Preston Bruss recorded 10 tackles for Peru State.  The Bobcats had 11 tackles-for-loss of 35 yards.  Ryan McClarty recorded an interception.


Peru State had 492 total offensive yards compared to the Trojans' 435.


PSC outrushed the Trojans 423-94 in the game.


The Trojans had 341 passing yards compared to the Bobcats' 69. 


DSU had 19 first-downs (13 first-downs from passing) while Peru State recorded 17 first-downs (13 first-downs from rushing).


The Trojans had a ball control for 32 minutes and 39 seconds.  PSC had a time possession of 27:21.

DSU converted 7-of-19 third-down conversions while Peru State was 1-for-10.


Dakota State heads on the road next Saturday (Sept. 1).  The Trojans take on their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D.  Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field.

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