Shea Patterson On Michigan's Blowout Of MSU: "We Wanted It To Sting"

It was the most lopsided game in the rivalry since 2002.

Jamie and Stoney
November 19, 2019 - 10:10 am

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Leading by 27 with six minutes to play against Michigan State last Saturday, Michigan ran its offensive starters back on the field. A few minutes later, on third-and-2 from the Spartans' 39, Shea Patterson rolled out of the pocket and flipped a touchdown pass to freshman receiver Cornelius Johnson to put the cherry on top of a 44-10 win. 

If Michigan had been playing, say, Rutgers, would the starters have stayed in the game?

"Probably not," Patterson said with a laugh on the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. "We wanted everybody to remember that one, and we wanted it to sting a little bit at the end." 

It was the biggest blowout in this rivalry since a 49-3 win for the Wolverines in 2002. Patterson was at the center of it, throwing for 384 yards, his most at Michigan, and four touchdowns.

"Felt great," he said. "I had probably the most fun I’ve ever had during a football game, but it was more fun to do it in that game with my teammates." 

Three plays before his final touchdown, Patterson took a late hit from Michigan State's Jacub Panasiuk, who was thrown out of the game. Asked if that had anything to do with the gut punch that followed, Patterson smiled and said, "I don’t know, I don’t think so. Maybe, maybe. We’ll take it, though."

It's been an impressive turnaround for Michigan's offense since the first half of the season. After struggling to find a rhythm in Josh Gattis' pro-spread system, they started to figure things out in the second half of the loss to Penn State. The Wolverines have been dialed in ever since. 

"At some point, somewhere before Penn State, got a group of guys together and was just like, 'We gotta do this thing. We gotta go out there and execute the way we know how to execute,'" Patterson said. "Not being hesitant, just trying to start each drive fast and trying to score every single drive is really what changed our thought process.

"We want to come out fast no matter what." 

Michigan has averaged over 42 points and more than 400 yards in its last three games. The offense will need more of the same heading into a showdown Saturday with high-scoring Indiana. 

"We’re going out there and we’re playing loose," Patterson said. "We have so many athletes on the perimeter, Ronnie (Bell), Donovan (Peoples-Jones), Nico (Collins), Tarik (Black), all those guys. And our backs are playing unbelievable right now along with our o-line."

On top of gelling as an offense, it's helped that Patterson is back to full health after suffering an oblique injury on the first play of the season. He said the week of the Penn State game "was the first time where I really felt good out there."

That said, Patterson has no regrets about playing through the injury early in the year, even as it limited him on the field. 

"Not at all. I don’t regret a thing this season," he said. "It’s different when you can’t go. It was just one of those things where I wasn’t at my best, but got with the trainers and got right." 

After their trip to Indiana, the Wolverines come home to face Ohio State. With a win, Patterson would finish his Michigan career undefeated at home.

"I love playing in the Big House," he said. "Got amazing fans and I grew up there as a kid going to games, so it’s really a dream come true."