DALLAS — Tulsa built a 21-point fourth-quarter lead over No. 24 SMU, but the Mustangs rallied to tie the game at 30 to force overtime, then won in the third overtime on a 25-yard pass from Shane Buechele to James Proche.

The play was originally ruled incomplete, but reversed by replay review.

After the teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime, Tulsa forced an SMU turnover on its possession in the second overtime. But the Hurricane's Jacob Rainey missed a 43-yard field goal that could have won the game.

Tulsa missed a 42-yard field goal in the third overtime.

It was the Hurricane's American Athletic Conference opener.

The Hurricane were off last week. Two weeks ago, TU held on to close out its non-conference schedule with a 24-21 victory over Wyoming.

SMU is off to a 6-0 start and ranked for the first time since receiving the NCAA death penalty in 1987 for recruiting violations.

Tulsa quarterback Zach Smith has threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in regulation, but also tossed three interceptions. The Hurricane took a 16-6 lead early in the second quarter when Kendarin Ray recovered a misplayed kickoff in the end zone.