CINCINNATI (AP) George Winn ran for a career-high three touchdowns and passed for another off a trick play on Saturday, leading Cincinnati to a 35-24 victory over Syracuse that included a change at quarterback for the Bearcats.
Munchie Legaux was benched after nearly throwing another interception in the third quarter. Senior backup Brendon Kay threw a 13-yard touchdown pass that put the Bearcats (6-2, 2-1 Big East) ahead to stay.
Cincinnati was coming off back-to-back losses that featured five interceptions by Legaux. He threw one in the first half Saturday and was repeatedly booed by the crowd of 26,180.
The Orange (4-5, 3-2) were coming off the biggest comeback in school history, overcoming a 20-point halftime deficit against South Florida. Syracuse couldn't recover after Winn's 2-yard run made it 35-24 early in the fourth quarter.
Syracuse set up a pair of Cincinnati touchdowns by fumbling twice deep in its territory.