DALLAS — James Wiggins returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown in overtime, giving Cincinnati a 26-20 win over Southern Methodist on Saturday afternoon.
SMU’s Ben Hicks threw over the middle early in overtime and Wiggins stepped in front of the intended receiver
Down 20-17, Cincinnati forced the overtime when Cole Smith booted a 41-yard field goal as regulation expired.
Desmond Ridder recovered from a bad performance in a loss against Temple last week, passing for 352 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Association). Khalil Lewis caught both scores and had 174 yards receiving.
Ridder capped the first drive of the game with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Lewis, who had to fully extend himself in stride to make the catch.
The Bearcats went on to lead 17-14 at halftime, but fell behind 20-17 in the fourth quarter on a pair of Kevin Robledo field goals.
Hicks finished with 328 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns for the Mustangs (3-5, 2-2).