Tulsa rallied to send another game into overtime, but could not pull out the win.
And this came against Texas State, whom it was expected to beat.
The Golden Hurricane (1-3) dropped a 37-34 to the Bobcats (2-2) in triple-overtime Saturday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
In its season opener on Aug.. 28, Tulsa rallied from two touchdowns down to tie Tulane before the end of regulation and win 38-31 in double overtime. It did not finish on the right end of the scoreboard this time.
The winning score for Texas State came as Torrance Franks scored from two yards out. The play had been set up by a 24-yard pass from Tyler Jones to Bradley Miller.
When the game was over, the Bobcats rushed the north area of the field, where the TD was scores, in jubilant celebration. They followed up heading to the south, giving high-fives to their fans, cheerleaders and band who made the trip from San Marcos, Texas.
Tulsa had possession first in the third OT and was limited to 31-yard field goal from Carl Salazar. The Golden Hurricane had moved to the 10-yard line, but quarterback Dane Evans was a sacked for a 4-yard loss on second down and threw an incomplete pass on third, setting up the Salazar field goal, which gave TU its brief 34-31 lead.
Tulsa rallied from a 17-3 deficit in the fourth quarter with a pair of TDs, including a quarterback sneak from Evans on fourth down with 10 seconds left in regulation.
TU’s first TD came on an Evans pass to Connor Floyd in the end zone that drew Tulsa within 17-10 with 9:56 left in the game.
Both teams exchanged TDs in the first and second overtime sessions.
Tulsa enjoyed its first lead at 24-17 in the middle of the first OT after Evans connected with Lucas for a 10-yard TD.
Tulsa’s defense made some key stops on Texas State, but not when it needed to most. And after stuffing the Bobcats on the drive that followed, it gave up big plays that allowed Texas State to win.
Evans threw for 234 yards and two TDs and one interception on 23-of-40 attempts. James Flanders was Tulsa’s leading rusher with 112 yards on 21 carries. Top receivers were Keevan Lucas with nine catches for 67 yards and Keyarris Garrett with eight for 117 yards.
Jones threw for two TDs and 228 yards on 21-of-31 attempts and rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries for Texas State. Franks led the Bobcats on the ground with 71 yards on 20 handoffs. Miller caught eight passes for 112 yards.
Tulsa will take to the road to meet Colorado State Saturday. The game is set to kickoff at 2 p.m. central time in Ft. Collins, Colo.
TU beat the Rams 30-27 at H.A. Chapman Stadium last year.