Garrett Gilbert accounted for six touchdowns to lead SMU back from a 21-point deficit to outscore Temple 59-49 Saturday.
Gilbert finished the game with a Mustangs-record 538 passing yards, four touchdown passes and 97 yards and two TDs rushing.
The Owls (1-7, 0-4 American Athletic Conference) led 28-7 in the second quarter. Freshman P.J. Walker completed his first 16 passes, including three for touchdowns.
SMU (3-4, 2-1) took the lead for good with 9:49 remaining. After Deion Sanders Jr. returned a kickoff 87 yards to the Temple 8-yard line, Chase Hover kicked a 21-yard field goal for a 45-42 lead.
The Mustangs' Keenan Holman caught 10 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
For Temple, Robby Anderson had 9 catches for 239 yards and his first two collegiate touchdowns. Walker finished 26 for 37 for 293 yards and four TDs, plus 92 yards and a touchdown rushing.