Morgantown, W.Va. Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, and No. 25 West Virginia held South Florida to a season-low for yards in a 20-6 victory over the Bulls on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East) made the most out of their limited scoring opportunities in a game where neither offense thrived.
The nation’s seventh-best defense held South Florida (3-3, 0-2) without an offensive touchdown for the second straight game. Quarterback B.J. Daniels found no room to roam, and the Bulls were outgained, 298-202.
South Florida’s previous low for offense was 219 yards in a 13-9 loss to Syracuse last week
West Virginia jumped ahead 17-3 at halftime and ate up clock time after that in posting its 12th straight home win.
Both teams crossed midfield twice in the second half and managed only a field goal apiece.