Collins replaced struggling starter Shawn Robinson in the second quarter of the Oklahoma game on Saturday, and led the Frogs to two TDs and a field goal. TCU trails 28-24 at half.
Collins found KaVontae Turpin for a 41-yard touchdown pass on his third play of the game, and then connected with Jalen Reagor on a 33-yard fade for a score on the next offensive series to pull TCU to within 28-21. Collins closed by carrying the Frogs on a field goal drive.
Collins provided a much-needed jolt to an offense that had struggled behind Robinson. Robinson was 3-for-8 for 21 yards opening three drives.
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Coach Gary Patterson has stated his desire to get Collins more snaps all season, and it finally came to fruition against Oklahoma.
Robinson beat out Collins for the starting job in fall camp,and has flashed potential. But he’s thrown five interceptions since Big 12 play started and didn’t have the offense moving early on.
Robinson entered the game completing 62 percent of his passes (121-for-196) for 1,313 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Collins, meanwhile, had seen action in four games once games had been decided. He was 6-for-14 for 105 yards with one touchdown.
Along with Collins, Turpin has been a star of the game. He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score, and had another long return to set up the TD from Collins to Reagor.
Oklahoma looked poised for a blowout victory. The Sooners had plays that gained 16, 14, 11 and 37 yards on their opening drive. The 37-yard play was on a touchdown pass from Murray to a wide-open CeeDee Lamb.
After Turpin’s TD return tied it at 7-7, Oklahoma responded with a methodical 14-play, 70-yard TD drive. The Sooners converted a couple fourth downs on the drive before Trey Sermon punched it in on a 4-yard run.
OU scored 14 points in the first quarter on a TCU defense that hadn’t given up more than 13 in an opening half going into it. Opponents had also converted just 2-of-8 fourth-down attempts going into it, and OU matched that total on its opening two drives.
OU had a 28-7 lead at one point before Collins took over.