NCAAF Game Recap - Tulsa at Southern Methodist
Sat Oct 5, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Oct 5, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

2Final (OT)

1

2

3

4

OT

2OT

3OT

T

Tulsa (2-3)

3

20

7

0

7

0

0

37

(24) Southern Methodist (6-0)

6

3

0

21

7

0

6

43

No. 24 SMU rallies for 3-OT win in 1st ranked game since '86
Sun Oct 6, 2019 1:28 AM

DALLAS (AP) Not since the Pony Express days with Eric Dickerson and Craig James has SMU been undefeated this deep into a season.

Ranked for the first time in 33 years, the No. 24 Mustangs overcame a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter, converted six fourth downs and finally beat Tulsa 43-37 when Shane Buechele threw a 25-yard touchdown to James Proche in the third overtime Saturday night.

"For us to go down 21 and just for them to keep playing, hang in there and figure out a way to win the game, it's a real credit to their character," second year SMU coach Sonny Dykes said.

After Tulsa missed its second field goal in overtime, Proche made a leaping catch in the front corner of the end zone over a defender and got a foot down before going out of bounds. The play was initially ruled incomplete before being overturned on replay review.

"We knew we were a second-half team" said Proche, who had 11 catches for 153 yards and two TDs. "I don't think it was anything with Tulsa's defense. We just stayed the course and played SMU football."

SMU (6-0, 2-0 American) this week moved into the AP poll for the first time since October 1986, before NCAA sanctions that included the death penalty. The Mustangs didn't field a team in 1987 and 1988.

They were last 6-0 in 1982, when Dickerson and James were part of an unbeaten 11-0-1 season.

Xavier Jones ran for 121 yards and scored two game-tying touchdowns for SMU before he fumbled in the second overtime. But Tulsa couldn't take advantage when Jacob Rainey missed a 43-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Tulsa (2-3, 0-1) had the ball to start the third overtime, and used a different kicker after failing to get a first down. But Zack Long was wide left on a 42-yard attempt.

"A tough game to come out on the wrong side of," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. "I thought our guys played extremely hard. I thought they emptied their tanks, didn't leave anything out there."

Jones had a 4-yard TD run on a fourth-down play with 1:02 left in regulation. His 3-yard score after a 15-yard pass on fourth down forced the second overtime after Zach Smith's fourth touchdown pass, a 7-yarder to Josh Johnson, opened the overtime scoring.

The Mustangs were down 30-9 before touchdowns on their last three possessions in regulation. They Mustangs went at least 73 yards and converted fourth downs on each of those possessions. They converted 6 of 7 fourth downs overall.

"A team that's been playing extremely well. We know that they can catch fire and do some things," Montgomery said. "I think it helped them a little bit in the fourth quarter being down, because every possession is crucial, so they're really playing four-down territory all of the way through it. ... One stop here or there and we're off the field and it could be a different story."

Buechele, the former Texas quarterback, finished 23-of-40 passing for 280 yards and the two TDs to Proche.

Smith was 23 of 41 for 346 yards, but also threw three interceptions before halftime. The first was returned 64 yards by Ar'mani Johnson for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Ke'Mon Freeman had a 1-yard scoring run for SMU on the first play of the fourth quarter, capping a 19-play drive with two fourth-down conversions, one near midfield on a run and the other a pass interference penalty in the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Buechele threw a 30-yard TD to Proche with 8:24 left, two plays after the quarterback's 3-yard keeper on fourth-and-1.

Tulsa had a 16-6 lead early in the second quarter after scoring two touchdowns with only one second ticking off the clock. Smith threw the first of his two TDs to a wide-open Keylon Stokes for a 58-yard catch-and-run. On the ensuing kickoff, SMU didn't secure the loose ball and Kendarin Ray dove on it in the front corner of the end zone for another touchdown.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane will bemoan the mistakes that cost them a chance for the upset on the road, considering the 23-9 halftime lead despite the three interceptions and the missed field goal that would have ended the game in the second overtime. They have lost 17 in a row to Top 25 teams since a 62-35 over No. 24 Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve nine years ago. Tulsa won the regular-season finale at home against SMU last November to keep the Mustangs from getting bowl eligible in coach Sonny Dykes' first season.

SMU: This matched the second largest comeback in school history, the largest being a win at Baylor in 1975 after being down 25 points. ... The Mustangs have scored at least 41 points in their last five games. While they needed two overtime touchdowns to do that against Tulsa, they clearly have plenty of offense with AAC passing leader Buechele, rushing leader Jones and two of the top receivers in Proche and Reggie Roberson Jr.

UP NEXT

Tulsa is home next Saturday night to play Navy (2-2, 1-1), which is coming off a home loss to Air Force.

SMU has an open date before hosting Temple (4-1, 1-0) on Oct. 19.

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Passing

Tuls Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Smith 41 23 56.1 4 346 58 3 86.0
SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Freeman 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
S. Buechele 40 23 57.5 2 280 30 0 95.8

Rushing

Tuls Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Brooks 16 95 5.9 57 0
C. Taylor II 14 49 3.5 31 0
SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Jones 26 121 4.7 14 2
K. Freeman 11 14 1.3 7 1

Receiving

Tuls Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Stokes 5 101 20.2 58 2
J. Johnson 9 92 10.2 33 1
SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Proche 11 153 13.9 30 2
R. Rice 4 78 19.5 30 0

Fumbles

SMU F FL
X. Jones 1 1

Returning

Tuls KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Santana 2 26.5 0 31 0 - 0 0
K. Stokes 2 23.5 0 29 0 - 0 0
SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 5 23.8 0 48 0 - 0 0

Punting

Tuls Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Bennett 4 160 40.0 48

Takeaways

Tuls Int Yds InTD
K. Ray 0 0 0
SMU Int Yds InTD
A. Johnson 2 64 1
C. Calloway 1 2 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tuls SMU
Points For 37 43
Total Yards 500 440
Rushing Yards 154 130
Passing Yards 346 310
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/41 24/42
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/2
First Downs 22 25
Penalties - Yards 10/97 9/80
Time Of Possession 22:22 38:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 5/20
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 6/7
Punts - Average Yards 4/40 6/41

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tuls SMU
SMU 6:47 TD Ar'mani Johnson 64 yd interception return (blocked XP) 0 6
Tuls 10:44 FG Jacob Rainey 32 yd FG 3 6
2nd Quarter Tuls SMU
Tuls 1:14 TD Keylon Stokes 58 yd pass from Zach Smith (Jacob Rainey kick) 10 6
Tuls 1:15 TD Kendarin Ray 1 yd fumble return (missed kick) 16 6
SMU 7:26 FG Kevin Robledo 32 yd FG 16 9
Tuls 9:37 TD Keylon Stokes 5 yd pass from Zach Smith (Jacob Rainey kick) 23 9
3rd Quarter Tuls SMU
Tuls 3:13 TD Keenen Johnson 40 yd pass from Zach Smith (Jacob Rainey kick) 30 9
4th Quarter Tuls SMU
SMU 0:04 TD Ke'Mon Freeman 1 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 30 16
SMU 6:36 TD James Proche 30 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 30 23
SMU 13:58 TD Xavier Jones 4 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 30 30
Overtime Tuls SMU
Tuls 15:00 TD Josh Johnson 7 yd pass from Zach Smith (Jacob Rainey kick) 37 30
SMU 15:00 TD Xavier Jones 3 yd run (Kevin Robledo kick) 37 37
2nd Overtime Tuls SMU
No scores this quarter
3rd Overtime Tuls SMU
SMU 15:00 TD James Proche 25 yd pass from Shane Buechele 37 43

Game Information

Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 28,142
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