The UWG Wolves picked up their second win of the season by defeating the Tusculum Pioneers 38-29. The Wolves avenged their defeat from last season when these two teams played. With this victory the Wolves start a season 2-0 for the first time since the 2002.
The Wolves took an early 28-6 lead in the game by forcing turnovers and running their offense efficiently. However, the Pioneers were able to cut the deficit to 4 points early in the fourth quarter. The Wolves showed some resiliency and were able to make key plays on both sides of the ball to secure the victory late in the game. The game was touted as a potential offensive shootout and it lived up to the billing. Both teams combined for 1035 total yards of offense.
The Wolves moved the ball well and put up 457 yards of total offense. Quarterback Austin Trainor led the way with 231 total yards of offense and 3 total touchdowns. Trainor’s biggest play came in the fourth quarter when he ran in a 15 yard touchdown to essentially put the game out of reach. The Wolves also continued to have success running the ball. The offense ran the ball 50 times for 213 yards. The one-two punch of Seth Hinsely and David Bailey combined for 160 yards. Bailey also scored a touchdown which was the first of the game.
The Wolves defense gave up 578 yards of offense in the game. However, the Wolves defense made their presence felt in the turnover column. The defense forced 6 turnovers including 5 interceptions of Tusculum quarterback and former Harlon Hill finalist Bo Cordell. The turnovers proved to be a pivotal advantage for the Wolves as the offense scored 14 points off of Tusculum turnovers. The defense was led by junior linebacker Bobby Liggins who had 11 tackles and an interception in the game.
At halftime, the University celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1982 football team that won the Division III National Championship. Affectionately known as “Bobby’s Braves”, the 1982 team put together a perfect season and capped it off with a 14-0 shutout win against Augustana College. Highlights of the 1982 championship team were shown throughout the game. During the halftime ceremony, each present member of the team received a gift from President Dr. Sethna. Afterwards, the team received a standing ovation from the fans in attendance.
The Wolves will now hit the road for their next two games. They will face Miles College and Gulf South Conference foe West Alabama following an off week. After those two games on the road the Wolves will return for Homecoming and a highly anticipated game with arch rival Valdosta State.