Brendon Kay threw for a pair of touchdowns, and Cincinnati deprived the American Athletic Conference's top quarterback of another comeback on Saturday, holding on for a 28-25 victory over Southern Methodist.

Cincinnati (7-2, 4-1) got the lead behind Kay's accurate passing and a 17-play, 96-yard touchdown drive that took up most of the third quarter and made it 28-10.

SMU (3-5, 2-2) is known for comebacks behind quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who leads the nation in total yards. He had a pair of touchdown passes to Darius Joseph, the last with 3:27 remaining as the Mustangs got within 28-25.

Anthony McClung recovered the onside kick despite a hit to the head that drew a 15-yard penalty. Cincinnati ran out the clock with the help of a delay-of-game penalty on SMU, getting its fourth straight win.

Kay finished 27 of 32 for 299 yards. Gilbert was 38 of 47 for 403 yards.