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Mountaineers keep race tight

West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey completes a 59-yard touchdown reception in the first half against Cincinnati.

Associated Press

West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey completes a 59-yard touchdown reception in the first half against Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI — Tony Miliano's tying field goal try barely got off the ground when Eain Smith dived in from the side and swatted it away, keeping West Virginia in the Big East race.

Pretty much everybody else, too.

The Mountaineers erased a fourth-quarter deficit behind Geno Smith, then swatted away No. 23 Cincinnati's kick in the closing seconds Saturday for a 24-21 victory that left the conference race wide open.

"It's about how much energy we played with," said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, who had threatened to leave players back in Morgantown if they didn't give a better effort in practice last week. "… We talked about not hanging our heads on the sideline. Our talks weren't about X's and O's this week."

The Bearcats lost senior quarterback Zach Collaros to a right ankle injury in the second quarter. Coach Butch Jones said Collaros would have tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Untested sophomore quarterback Munchie Legaux got the 48,152 fans at Paul Brown Stadium chanting his first name when he led the Bearcats to two touchdowns for a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. He ran 7 yards for a score, and Isaiah Pead went 10 yards for his second.

Smith then led a 10-play drive that culminated in Shawne Alston's 1-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:52 left.

PITT 21, LOUISVILLE 14: Tino Sunseri threw for one TD and ran for one as the Panthers got their first road win under coach Todd Graham, ending the Cardinals' three-game winning streak.

RUTGERS 27, ARMY 12: Mohamed Sanu set a Big East season record for catches for the Scarlet Knights at Yankee Stadium. Sanu's 93rd catch broke the mark of 92 by Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.

West Va. 24

23 Cincy 21

Mountaineers keep race tight 11/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2011 9:27pm]
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