The West Virginia Mountaineers defense forced a turnover and returned a fumble 78-yards to put quarterback Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense in position to score a touchdown and put the game up 17-9. On UConn's very next drive, the West Virginia defense forced the Huskies to go three-and-out. UConn would regret not answering the West Virginia score with something.
On West Virginia's next possession, the flood gates opened up as the UConn defense blitzed Geno Smith and got burned to the tune of a an 84-yard touchdown pass. Smith hit wide receiver Stedman Bailey who just ran past UConn defenders to take it to the house and push the West Virginia lead to 24-9. If UConn can't get the ball going on offense, the route could be on. Geno Smith is already over 300 yards passing, with plenty of time left to add more.
On UConn's next drive, quarterback Johnny McEntee was sacked in the endzon for safety to make it 26-9.