Turpin’s 78-yard punt return touchdown, 42-yard touchdown reception, and 34-yard punt return to the SMU 15, all sparked TCU and carried the Frogs to victory riday night.
Turpin ignited a sluggish team by returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown before adding a 42-yard scoring catch, and the Horned Frogs pulled away for a delayed and rain-soaked 42-12 victory over Dallas-Fort Worth rival SMU that ended early Saturday morning.
A botched punt snap for a safety was just one of several strange things that happened during Friday night’s game.
In the first quarter, TCU punter Adam Nunez had the most unfortunate blooper. First, the snapped ball slipped out of his hands and went over his head. He picked it up and tried to punt again, but it slipped off his foot and rolled into the end zone.
It was a sluggish start for the Frogs, but they overwhelmed SMU from the second quarter on.
SMU appeared to catch the Horned Frogs off guard by committing to the run game on its first possession. Nice special teams play and a resulting safety then put Dykes and Co. up 9-0. The Mustangs moved away from the run game on their second and third drives and couldn’t connect through the air in the rainy conditions. Multiple well-timed passes slipped out of Hicks’ hands with a few coming close to being intercepted.
Turpin’s teammates know how valuable of a player he is.
“That’s a guy you want to have on your team. Turp can change momentum and spark the team at any moment,” wide receiver Jaelan Austin said. “When the ball is in his hands, he makes plays.”