Winn's TDs lift Cincinnati over Syracuse 35-24

Winn's TDs lift Cincinnati over Syracuse 35-24
November 3, 2012, 4:05 pm
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Syracuse running back Jerome Smith (45) is brought down by Cincinnati defensive back Dominique Battle (9) after a gain during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Nippert Stadium, Saturday Nov. 3, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)


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.