CARROLLTON, Ga. – The return to University Stadium was a positive one as the Wolves returned to the win column with a 48-16 thumping of Albany State on Homecoming at University Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The offense clicked on all cylinders for much of the game as David Dean’s offense put up 509 yards of total offense, 300 plus yards more than the Wolves defense allowed out of Albany State. The Wolves averaged 6.4 points per play and rushed for 225 yards.
The defense, led by Chad Price’s seven tackle, one sack performance, held the Golden Rams to 207 yards of total offense and just 87 yards passing and only 3.6 yards per play.
Sophomore quarterback Willie Candler had a career day, throwing for 263 yards and four touchdowns to four difference receivers, while adding a score on the ground with 40 yards on seven carries. The Atlanta native was also extremely efficient going 21-of-29 on the day.
West Georgia’s opening drive of the game would go 74 yards on 11 plays and end in the endzone as Candler would find JJ Jones on a crossing route for a nine yard touchdown to give the Wolves an early 7-0 lead.
After a three-and-out by the stout UWG defense, Candler found Shaq Roland on the next drive to stretch the lead to 14-0 near the end of the first quarter.
Candler continued his excellent play as he scored the next UWG touchdown on the ground as he eluded pass rushers and turned what could have been a sack into a 14-yard touchdown run to put the Wolves up 21-0 with 13:11 left in the first half.
The UWG defense was swarming all half long, allowing just 52 yards of total offense in the opening half, and just when it looked like the Wolves would take a 21-0 lead into halftime, lightning would strike for the UWG offense.
With three seconds left in the half, Candler heaved one to the endzone that DeNiko Carter climbed the ladder to grab the TD for the 40-yard score to put the Wolves up 28-0 at the break.
On Albany State’s second play from scrimmage in the second half, the Wolves’ Cam Magee would recover a fumble at the ASU 30 yard line, and the UWG offense would go to work. It took West Georgia just three plays to punch it in with Travis Custis from the seven yard line to stretch the lead to 35-0 early in the second half.
Willie Candler’s fourth TD through the air came on a 28-yard strike to Tevin Isom, but the PAT was blocked and returned by ASU to make it 41-2 at the 6:23 mark of the third quarter.
The Golden Rams would add a pair of touchdowns to their cause before Perry Seldon took in a 34-yard run for the final touchdown of the game.
On the ground, UWG was led by Devontae Jackson who rushed for 70 yards on 12 carries, but it was Travis Custis and Perry Seldon who each had rushing touchdowns on the day.
The Wolves remain home next week for a big showdown with 10th-ranked North Alabama on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
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