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Kay throws for 2 TDs, Cincinnati holds on for 4th straight win, 28-25 over SMU

  • Cincinnati wide receiver Mekale McKay (2) runs in for a second-quarter touchdown against SMU defensive back Chris Parks (1) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati wide receiver Mekale McKay (2) runs in for a second-quarter touchdown against SMU defensive back Chris Parks (1) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

  • SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert (11) runs in for a first quarter touchdown against Cincinnati defensive lineman Silverberry Mouhon (92) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert (11) runs in for a first quarter touchdown against Cincinnati defensive lineman Silverberry Mouhon (92) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

  • SMU head coach Tom Mason, middle, watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    SMU head coach Tom Mason, middle, watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

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.