The Cincinnati Bearcats dominated the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, finishing with a 22 point lead. UConn turnovers gave the Bearcats a nice cushion in the first quarter, as Huskies quarterback Johnny McEntee turned it over twice for touchdowns. The first was a fumble on a sack by Walter Stewart, who simply ripped the ball out of the hands of McEntee in the end zone. The second turnover was a bad pick-six, with Drew Frey taking it in from 15 yards out for the two touchdown lead.
With the defense spotting them 14 points, the Bearcat offense added to the lead in the second quarter when Munchie Legaux hit Alex Chisum for a 22 yard touchdown. Legaux, who had 167 yards passing in the first half, hit Anthony McClung for a his second touchdown and a 28-3 lead. UConn would manage another field goal before the end of the half, but the Bearcats are in control up 28-6.
All of this is comforting news for West Virginia fans, as the Mountaineers will almost certainly head to the Orange Bowl with a Cincinnati win.