After the West Virginia Mountaineers took the lead over the Connecticut Huskies on a 14-yard run by Dustin Garrison, they quickly forced UConn into a 3-and-out. The Mountaineers got the ball back with a little over 2:00 left on the clock. On the arm of quarterback Gino Smith, the Mountaineers began to march down the field to try and increase their lead before half time.
After failing a controversial 4th and 1, UConn was able to get the football back. On the fourth down, Geno Smith rushed up the middle, but his helmet was ripped off. On second effort, it appeared Smith easily got the first down. The officials however, determined that the play was blown dead because his helmet came off. Fortunately for West Virginia, UConn was only able to take on a field goal, after Johnny McEntee nearly scored a touchdown on a quarterback draw.
West Virginia leads 10-9 at the half. West Virginia will get the ball first in the second half.