Yeesh, this weekend has not been good to TCU. First, the Frogs fell to Oklahoma on Saturday. Then, it was reported earlier today that star receiver and returner KaVontae Turpin was arrested on Sunday for assault of a family member. And now, starting quarterback Shawn Robinson is out for the season.
Gary Patterson announced during his Big 12 teleconference call that Robinson will undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder, and Michael Collins will be the starting quarterback moving forward.
Robinson, who has suffered from up and down play all season as he’s nursed the shoulder injury, was benched on Saturday against Oklahoma after completing just three passes on eight attempts. On many of the incomplete throws, the receiver never had a chance at making the catch as the ball was severely under thrown or batted down. That’s not great when the Oklahoma offense is on the other side and you’re in a track meet trying to hold on for dear life.
Robinson was pulled in favor of Collins as TCU fell behind 28-7 against the Sooners; with their only touchdown coming on a Turpin kick return. Collins provided an immediate spark to the Horned Frogs as the TCU offense came alive under his control. The Frogs erased 17 points of the Sooner’s 21-point lead by halftime.
Collins, and the TCU offense, came back down to earth in the second half though, managing just a field goal more. The Sooners went on to win it 52-27. In the end, Collins finished seven of 17, with 142 yards and two touchdowns and a pick. Overall, it was a pretty pedestrian performance against a team that just fired their defensive coordinator and who wasn’t prepared for Collins to play.
The Frogs are 3-4 and they are coming off of back-to-back losses as they face Kansas this weekend. It’s a game they must win if they want a chance at going to a bowl game.