Things settled down in a hurry in Morgantown, as Thursday-night games tend to do. The 'Eers suffered an injury setback in kind, as Tavon Austin turned his ankle returning a kickoff.
After spending the remainder of the quarter swapping possessions with Geno Smith, B.J. Daniels was picked off by Robert Sands in the final minute of play in the half. West Virginia recovered with 40 seconds on the clock, deep in South Florida territory.
Jock Sanders scored on a hook and lateral six seconds later on West Virginia's first play. At the half, West Virginia leads South Florida, 17-3.