Buffalo’s Jarrett Patterson had to wait a few months to run the ball this season, as the Bulls didn’t start playing until November due to a coronovirus epidemic.
Talk about making up lost time.
Patterson, a junior from Glendale, Maryland, tied the FBS record for recording touchdowns in one game and was the second solo game with 409 yards total and eight scores in a 70–41 win over Kent State on Saturday .
Patterson tied the FBS record for eight rushing touchdowns of former Illinois star Howard Griffith, which was set against Southern Illinois in 1990.
“Obviously, he’s very special,” Buffalo coach Lance Leipold said. “Some of those big plays, it’s patience. Once he sees it. Today, more than that, I think there were some broken tackles for either the first down or something that became too much profit or a touchdown. Gone. Now start adding speed, agility and balance to him, that’s what makes him the best in the country. “
Patterson completed 409 yards on 36 carries, second in 2014 against Sage Perrine’s 427 against Oklahoma.
“When they took me out, they told me [about the records], “Patterson said.” My mindset was to run the clock, so we could go to the locker room and celebrate this victory. I wasn’t really thinking, ‘Hey, I need nine.’
In Patterson’s previous game on November 17, he had 301 yards with four touchdowns in a 42–17 win at Bowling Green. He has a two-match total of 710 yards in FBS history, breaking the previous mark of 668 set by Texas star Ricky Williams in 1998 in Texas. Patterson and Williams are the only players in college football history to have a back-to-back 300-race rushing game.
Patterson also set an FBS mark with 12 rushing touchdowns in two games.
“It’s honestly shocking,” said Buffalo offensive offensive Kayade Avosika. “It amazes me how much he changes it as the game goes on. When other people get tired, he turns it into more intensity.”
Through just four games, Patterson is just 80 yards shy of his third straight 1,000-yard season. He became the first Buffalo freshman in 2018 with more than 1,000 crowded yards and set a school record with 1,799 yards last season.
The Bulls play (4-0) in Ohio next week.