The Wolves (3-7) moved the ball well on the Lone Star Conference champions, racking up 187 yards on the ground and 149 yards through the air while scoring a pair of second-half touchdowns. But UWG had trouble stopping the Mustangs (9-1) on the ground, as Midwestern State rushed for 470 yards in the contest.
The Mustangs built a commanding 21-3 lead by the half and scored the first touchdown of the second half and threatened to run away with it before UWG answered with an 11-play, 62-yard drive that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown run by sophomore back Seth Hinsley.
Late in the third quarter, the Wolves made the game interesting when Trenton Edwards forced a fumble at midfield, which was picked up by senior Juan Pickett. The UWG offense took full advantage, going 50 yards in 11 plays and quarterback Austin Trainor plunged in from two yards out, making the score 28-17.
After a missed field goal from Midwestern State, the Wolves drove back down inside the Mustang 10 before the drive stalled. With less than four minutes left, a Davis Brackett field goal attempt went awry, spoiling the Wolves' final opportunity. MSU closed the scoring out five plays later with a 31-yard touchdown run from Chauncey Harris.
Hinsley led the way with 15 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown for UWG.
UWG women open with a win
The UWG women's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a flurry behind 11 3-pointers, as Mone' Peoples poured in a team-high 21 points in the Wolves' 75-52 road win at Georgia College & State on Saturday night in Milledgeville.
West Georgia (1-0) shot 50 percent from the field and went 11-of-30 from downtown. Junior Taylor Turgeon complemented Peoples off the bench, going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc for 16 points.
Leading 42-24 at the break, the Wolves built as much as a 26-point lead down the stretch before settling in for the season-opening 'W.'
Brittany Johnson pulled down a team-best 13 rebounds for West Georgia to go along with seven assists.
UWG opens its home schedule on Tuesday night at 7 when it welcomes Point to The Coliseum.
UWG volleyball nets critical win
The UWG volleyball team collected a critical Gulf South Conference victory on Saturday at The Coliseum, dispatching of North Alabama by a 3-2 count to clinch a No. 3 seed for next week's GSC Tournament.
The Wolves also got their first-ever season sweep of rival UNA, as no other UWG team in school history had accomplished the feat until this year's squad did so in dramatic fashion.
After the Lions won the first two sets — 25-21 and 25-22 — it was the Wolves that roared back with a 25-18 win and then a 26-24 victory in the fourth game to tie the match.
In the fifth set, the Wolves opened up a 4-0 lead and finished off the match with a 15-11 victory. Junior Lesley Bemis had the final point of the set, picking up a block on a Jessica Ronyak attempt, the ninth block of the match for Bemis.
Emily Reul led the effort with 21 kills, followed by Bemis with 13. Sophomore setter Amanda Miller had 49 assists in leading the Wolves to a .224 hitting percentage. Melissa Holt had 16 digs to lead the back line and Reul added 14.
West Georgia closes out the regular season today at 1 p.m. in The Coliseum with a match against Christian Brothers.