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TCU 7, Iowa State 7: Frogs locked in a battle at the half

The Frogs are locked in a defensive battle.

Iowa State v TCU
Taye Barber scored the lone TD for TCU in the first half.
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TCU is in a tight one, as the offense continues to struggle to find any sort of rhythm. At the half, the Frogs are tied with Iowa State, 7-7.

The first half was highlighted by questionable calls by the officiating crew, including a targeting call that was picked up after review. It certainly looked like targeting, as Turpin was absolutely leveled with a helmet-to-helmet hit, but referee Reggie Smith said it wasn’t. He did, however, have a keen eye for multiple knee pad infractions that caused Sewo Olonilua and KaVontae Turpin to have to come off the field.

Shawn Robinson’s recent struggles continued early in the half, as he missed on several throws, and made another critical turnover.

On 3rd and long, Robinson dropped back to pass. He was pressured and hit, and he fumbled the ball. Multiple players tried to recover the ball, with Iowa State eventually falling on it at the TCU 22. That turnover led directly to Iowa State’s only touchdown of the half - A Zeb Noland pass to tight end Charlie Kolar from three yards out.

TCU responded, as Robinson started to get into a rhythm. Six straight completions, with a smattering of Sewo Olonilua sprinkled in, helped TCU march 83 yards down the field. The drive was capped by a 10 yard screen pass to Taye Barber, and the freshman shimmied his way into the endzone.

Two more fruitless drives, one for each team, led the Frogs and Cyclones into the half, knotted at seven.

Robinson finished the half 14-19 for 132 yards and a touchdown. Sewo ran eight times for 36 yards, and Jalen Reagor led the Frogs with 5 receptions for 48 yards.