“I never really felt any pressure. Having that O-line in front of me and those receivers out there making plays made my job a lot easier,” Patterson said. “The defense played lights out in the second half. So just the people around me, the support I had around me and the coaches preparing me. Coach (Hugh) Freeze and Coach (Dan) Werner prepared me all week like I was the starter, so that really helped me.”
He made the throws, and he extended plays with his feet. He gave kicker Gary Wunderlich catch, the Markell (Pack) catch, just a lot of good plays there, but I really think the heroes offensively are Robert Conyers and Sean Rawlings and Robert Conyers really keeping me level-headed throughout the game,” Patterson said. “They just made my job so much easier.”
Ole Miss knew what Patterson was facing and rallied around him. And it resulted in their biggest win of what has been a rollercoaster ride of a 2016 season.