TCU fans have finally gotten to see Michael Collins in action, and it’s been a pleasant surprise. Of course, Shawn Robinson got the start for the Frogs, and the offense looked as stagnant and out of sync as they have since the second half of the Ohio State game.
But, after four possessions that all ended in punts, Collins finally entered the game, and he didn’t disappoint. With TCU down 21-7, Collins entered and completed his first pass to Turpin for a first down. The fans started to get into the game at that point, and after OU dropped an interception that may have been a touchdown the other direction, Collins hit KaVontae Turpin on a screen pass and let the speedster do the rest.
Turpin zig-zagged his way 41 yards for the touchdown, and the comeback was on.
The comeback had to happen, though, because Oklahoma came out swinging to open the game. After forcing a TCU punt on the opening drive, the Sooners marched down the field on big chunk plays, capping things off with a 37-yard touchdown from Kyler Murray to CeeDee Lamb.
TCU got on the board on the ensuing kickoff, thanks to the GOAT, Turpin. He fielded the kick from the one, and promptly took it 99 yards to the house to even the game. Beyond that score, TCU looked lost until Collins entered the game.
The Sooners looked to assert themselves, especially on fourth downs. They converted three fourth down attempts in the first half, including two on a drive that ended with a Trey Sermon rushing touchdown to put OU up 14-7.
Their next drive would have a similar result, as the Sooners converted on a 4th down, as Kennedy Brooks took it 21 yards to the endzone.
After another terrible TCU possession, OU marched and scored on a TD pass from Murray, and the 28-7 lead looked insurmountable for TCU.
But then Collins game in, at it inspired everyone. After the touchdown pass to Turpin, TCU’s defense showed renewed energy, forcing OU into their first punt of the half. Turpin returned the punt to the Oklahoma 33, setting up the Frogs in great territory. On the first play of the new drive, Collins dropped a beautiful pass down the right sideline to Jalen Reagor for the touchdown, pulling the Frogs to within seven, 28-21.
Oklahoma’s next possession ended in a punt once again, thanks to a great play from Ben Banogu on 3rd down to chase Brooks down before he could get to the edge.
The Frogs drove down the field once again, as Collins showed accuracy, and some good running ability, setting up a Cole Bunce 41-yard field goal.
So it seems we’ve entered the Michael Collins era of TCU football, and the Frogs are hanging tough with the No. 9 team in the nation.
Let’s see how the second half plays out.