Geno Smith threw four touchdown passes – all in the first half – to stake West Virginia to a 30-0 lead on its way to a 37-10 win against Cincinnati. Smith was 12-for-22 for 150 yards in the first half, including scoring strikes of 32, 10, 48 and 5 yards to match his career high in touchdown passes. He finished the day 15 of 25 for 174 yards as the Mountaineers earned bowl eligibility for the ninth consecutive year.
The selectors in the league office somehow overlooked WVU cornerback Keith Tandy, who had an interception and a huge hit that knocked Cincinnati receiver D.J. Woods out of the game for several series and off the punt return team for the remainder of the game. Tandy finished the game with five tackles, (including one for a loss) and four pass break-ups.