Tulane 41, SMU 34, OT

DALLAS (AP) -- Matt Forte scored on a 9-yard run in overtime and finished with a Conference USA record 342 yards on 38 attempts to lead Tulane to a 41-34 victory over Southern Methodist in overtime on Saturday night.

After Forte scored his fourth touchdown of the game, the Green Wave defense sealed the win when Reggie Scott forced a fumble by SMU quarterback Justin Willis on the Mustangs' first offensive play of overtime. Avery Williams recovered.

SMU forced OT when Willis threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Zach Sledge with 8 seconds left in the game. Willis completed 28 of 36 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns.

Forte gave Tulane (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) a 34-27 lead when he scored on a 5-yard run around the left side with 4:38 left.

Forte set the conference record in regulation, finishing with 327 yards. Forte?s previous career-high came earlier this year when he ran for 303 yards against Southeastern Louisiana.

Forte entered Saturday?s game second in the NCAA in rushing yards with 919.

The Green Wave snapped a string of eight straight road losses in conference play.

The Mustangs (1-6, 0-3) have lost five games in a row.

SMU tied the game at 27 after Thomas Morstead hit a 37-yard field goal with 7:35 left to erase a 10-point fourth quarter deficit.

Forte?s scoring runs included a career-long 77-yard run in the second quarter and a 9-yard run with 2:12 left in the third quarter which gave the Green Wave a 27-17 lead.

Willis threw first-half touchdown passes of 26 and 17 yards to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders scored on a 17-yard screen pass with 8:51 left in the second quarter for a 17-7 SMU lead. Sanders led all receivers with a career-high 155 yards on eight receptions.

Tulane finished with 521 yards of total offense to 438 for the Mustangs. Anthony Scelfo led Tulane with 102 passing yards and completed 8-of-15 attempts with one touchdown.