Defense comes up big as West Virginia tops No.23 Cincinnati

Geno Smith passed for 372 yards and a 21 victory against No. 23 Cincinnati.

Julian Miller recovered a fumble in the end zone during a second-quarter play that forced Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros from the game, and the Mountaineers blocked the Bearcats' field goal attempt as time expired to secure the victory.

Despite being sacked five times, Smith completed 29-of-43 passes for West Virginia (7-3, 3-2 Big East), which rebounded from last week's loss against Louisville.

Collaros completed 7-of-11 passes for 70 yards before suffering a leg injury, while backup Munchie Legaux threw for 144 yards with one interception.

Legaux also ran for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Isaiah Pead totaled 113 yards and two scores on the ground, but it wasn't enough to prevent Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1) from suffering its first conference loss.