Down 2-1 late in the second half, Tech junior forward Patrick Nyarko was left unmarked and possessed a cross into the middle of the box from Alexander Baden and headed in a shot to the back post for the equalizer at 83:41.
Bryan Collier followed with the game-winner not even six minutes later by beating three defenders on the run then firing a shot from three feet away. Collier's first goal of the season then deflected off Tulsa goalkeeper Dominic Cervi for the deciding tally with just 23 seconds remaining in the match.
The Hokies out shot the Golden Hurricane 21-12 for the match and also held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks and moved to 2-0 against nationally ranked opponents this season.
Tech had a chance to avoid the late-match drama earlier in the second half when Zehender drove a free kick to the crossbar then Charlie Campbell headed a ball to the right post in the 55th minute, but could not get a mark past Tulsa goalkeeper.
Tulsa got off to a fast start in the first half, forcing Tech sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Dunn to make two key saves within the match's first eight minutes. Tulsa finally converted to open the scoring at the 9:14 mark when Todd Goddard broke away from the Hokie defense into open space and chased a pass from Zach Nulisch. Dunn went on to total five saves in 90 minutes, with a .714 save percentage.
The Golden Hurricane (3-2) held a 5-1 shot advantage over the Hokies early in the match until Tech turned the tables and out shot Tulsa 5-3 for the remaining 35:46 of the first half. Tech battled back for a 10-8 edge in shots during the period.
Senior defender Marcus Reed responded with his second goal of the season after receiving Georg Zehender's low cross from the right side in front of the net during the 34th minute to even the match, 1-1. Zehender is now tied for the team lead in assists with two helpers this season.
Freshman Chris Taylor scored Tula's other goal after firing a shot with his left foot to the far post just 3:18 into the second half to help the Golden Hurricane momentarily regain the advantage at 2-1.
The match was Tech's first-ever appearance on television as well as the first contest of the NSCAA's Game of the Week series on Fox Soccer Channel this season.
The Hokies (4-1, 1-0 ACC) look for their fifth consecutive victory as they resume play in the Level 3 Golden Hurricane Classic against Oral Roberts at 12:30 p.m. EST on Sunday at Tulsa Track and Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Okla.