DALLAS (AP)-Marcus Thomas rushed for 207 yards and scored on a 10-yard run in overtime to lead UTEP to a 48-45 overtime victory over Southern Methodist on Saturday.
UTEP (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA) trailed by 21 points in the first half and by 14 in the fourth quarter before rallying to force overtime.
Thomas Morstead of SMU kicked a 23-yard field goal before Thomas scored his third touchdown of the game to hand the Mustangs (1-4, 0-1) their third straight loss.
Thomas had TD runs of two, 11 and 10 yards.
The Miners tied the game with seven seconds remaining.
Vittatoe, who passed for 255 yards and two scores, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Moturi to narrow SMU's lead to 42-35 with 9:43 left in the game.
SMU quarterback Justin Willis was 15-of-28 passing for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Willis threw a 38-yard TD pass to Zach Sledge with 14:45 left to put the Mustangs ahead 42-28.
The Mustangs seized early momentum when they scored twice in six seconds.
Cedric Dorsey had a 50-yard touchdown run with 3:01 remaining in the first half. Then Wilton McCray intercepted a Vittatoe pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to give SMU a 28-7 advantage.
Thomas' 11-yard scoring run brought UTEP within 28-14 at halftime.
Lorne Sam had a 31-yard touchdown run to bring the Miners within a touchdown early in the second quarterback, and Sam added a 12-yard run to tie the score at 28 with 6:49 left in the third.
Sam rushed for 106 yards on just nine carries.
James Mapps, who rushed for 149 yards, put SMU ahead on its next possession with a 1-yard scoring run.