Patterson Breaks Yardage Record in Rebels' Win Over UT Martin
Sept. 9, 2017



By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com 

Oxford, Miss - 
Comfort was the biggest gift the Ole Miss offensive line gave Shea Patterson on his record-setting Saturday.

The sophomore signal caller broke the school record for passing yards in a game with 489. He surpassed a mark set by Chad Kelly a year ago. Patterson was 32-43 and tossed five scores. He ran less than he usually does and that was a byproduct of the amount of time the offensive line gave him to throw. He looked comfortable in the pocket and the results spoke to that.

“It takes more than one guy to break a record,” Patterson said. “The offensive line and the receivers helped a lot.”

Patterson was so locked in he didn’t actually know he broke the record until he was informed after the game.

“I think it was more so just staying within the offense and trusting the system,” Patterson said. “Trusting my receivers . I think we did a great job of that today. The offensive line gave me so much time today to where I could just stay in the pocket and fire shots down field.”

That is precisely what he did. He threw balls to nine different targets, none more damaging than the pair of 58-yard touchdown passes to DaMarkus Lodge and A.J. Brown. Lodge had a career high with 133 yards and Brown scored twice while wracking up 156 yards.


 

 

“They have been huge,” Patterson said.”They have made so many great catches, balls that easily could have been batted down. They just went all out and made plays for the team, and it’s intriguing because any one of those guys can have a game like that. That’s what makes us so dangerous; we have so many weapons. “

It is the second straight week Brown has annihilated the opposing defense and the chemistry between he and Patterson is the highest it has ever been.

“This offseason we went to work every day,” Brown said. “The chemistry is so good.”

Offensive coordinator Phil Longo was impressed with Patterson’s intelligence, citing the fact that Patterson hit a lot of secondary reads. It is a sign of the maturity and patience of the young quarterback. Combine that with his innate ability to extend plays with his feet and find guys in space, and it produces record-breaking performances

“That’s when it gets fun,” Lodge said. “It just turns to backyard football, and then you just search for grass. He’s so good at making room to throw the ball, so it just gets fun after that.”

Patterson hit throws on all levels and his ball placement was sharp. As good as he was in the season opener, accuracy is something he said he wanted to work on and it looked better in game two. His head coach was impressed and even thinks Patterson can be better.

“He keeps getting better, but I think we can improve even more,” Matt Luke said. “There are a lot of points left on the field, a lot of yards left. I want to make sure we continue to get better game-to-game. I’m not sure the first half we did that today.”

If one thing is evident through two games, it is that Ole Miss is dynamic in the vertical passing game. And Patterson is having a lot of fun with it as well.

“You’re kind of just out there playing, and then at the end of the game they said ‘hey you’ve got the record’, and I was like ‘what are you taking about?’” Patterson said. “To be even mentioned in the same breath as Eli and Archie is an honor. We just had fun tonight, and it takes more than one person to break so I just want to thank my teammates.” 

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