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UConn Vs. West Virginia Final: Geno Smith Leads The Route, 43-16

After a slow first half that saw West Virginia lead UConn by just one point, 10-9, the Mountaineers poured it on in the second half. West Virginia scored 23 points in the third quarter alone, thanks to some great defense forcing some turnovers and scoring with a safety, sacking UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee in the endzone.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw for 450 yards in the route, turning it on in the second half. He ended the day with four passing touchdowns, two of them to wide receiver Stedman Bailey. Bailey ended the day with 7 catches for 178 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including an 84-yard touchdown catch and run that showed off his speed.

UConn's offense just couldn't get going in the second half and were suffocated by the Mountaineers defense when they were forced to pass the ball.

For more on West Virginia athletics, please visit The Smoking Musket.  The UConn Blog provides the Huskies perspective.

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