While the Buffalo running Jarrett Patterson could have been a player, many fans knew that there was nothing to come of the 2020 college football season. But as we reach its end, his name must be mentioned to tell the full story of the year.
Patterson, a junior, caught the attention of the game against Kent State on November 28 when he tied the FBS record for rushing in touchdowns in a game with eight and the second-most with 409 yards in a 70–41 win. There was more single-game rising.
He has come a long way since his trip to Eastern Michigan as a high school perimeter, after his twin brother, James, gave him the only one on his recruiting trip to not be a recruiter in a bathroom on campus. Found crying Now with people like Bretton Oliver and Khalil Rack, Jarrett Patterson is one of the best players in Buffalo history.
As Patterson and Buffalo (5-1), in the Christmas Day matchup with Marshall (7-2) in the Camellia Bowl (2:30 pm ET, ESPN and ESPN App), let’s take a deeper look at the Bulls breakout. Star.
Big games are the specialty of paterson
As a senior at St. Vincent Pelotti High School in Laurel, Maryland, he did everything in the 2016 game against Riverside Baptist, accounting for 558 all-purpose yards, an interception and two forced dumbbells.
“You can ask anyone in the Maryland area,” Patterson said. “They know the game.”
His talent was originally translated into Buffalo. In 15 of 28 games in which he has played the ball 11 times or more, he has run for more than 100 yards. And in more than half of those, he has walked at least 160 yards.
In 2019 – a season in which he ran for 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns, as well as compiled 209 yards with another score – he was a fast and scoring out, playing Toledo and Bowling Green. Against the Rockets, Patterson had 227 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns; Taking over the Falcons, he had 298 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
“Just in those two games, it’s 11 touchdowns. It’s a full season for some,” he said. “This is not a temporary one.”
There is a good football player there, and then there is a lot of good being done. Patterson is often the latter.
In the 2019 Bahamas Bowl, he led the Bulls to 173 yards with the program’s first Bowl victory and two touchdowns against Charlotte.
“The fourth quarter came around and those guys just got tired and we made our wish,” Patterson said.
He said that after being impressed by the game, Charlotte coach Will Healey approached him, and said, “You get stronger as the game goes on.”
Postgame and even midgame acclaim has become the norm for Patterson. To move either in between plays or to the line of scrimming, people from both Bowling Green and Kent State have stopped running the ball for him or have suggested a pass to the Bulls instead.
“They know it’s coming, but they have to stop it at the end of the day,” said Patterson. “Sometimes they can’t.”
Patterson went into the game against the Golden Flash in search of revenge. When the two teams played in 2019, the Bulls were up 27-6 in the fourth quarter to allow only 24 unanswered points, including a game-winning field goal that ended 30-27 at the time Got Defeated. Patterson ran for 141 yards in that game.
In the 2020 matchup, Patterson knew he was going to have a good game, but he didn’t know How good.
“The first couple of touchdowns I was untouched,” he said. “The hole I was talking about was so big, you can drive a truck through there.”
At the time of the interruption, Patterson said he had a moment when he stopped and knew he was doing something big.
He said, “I did not know the amount, but I knew that I am playing well and I scored a lot.”
Many college football fans were upset when Bulls coach Lance Leopold broke the record even before he touched Patterson. After the game, Leupold said, “I didn’t even know he had eight touchdowns. I wish I had known a little bit.”
Patterson was aware of what he had done only after being dropped from the game, and said he had no strong feelings about not making a record. Patterson and LePold have since made fun of it.
Patterson credited his offensive line and also called the game “easy”.
Patterson said, “Without those guys, I wouldn’t have run for 1,000 yards in five matches.” “It’s unheard of. Even in perimeter receipts, everyone plays a part in it. For a long time you see, people push to eliminate defenders, everyone plays a part of it.”
He said, “I don’t see any better line than those and what they have done. I think their role speaks for itself.”
Awards or not, Patterson knows he is one of the best RBs in the country
The finalists for the Doc Walker Award were announced on Tuesday, and he was not one of them. He was also not among the finalists of the Heisman Trophy. But Patterson knows he belongs.
In a season in which rules have been made and thrown out the window, one thing that has not changed is Patterson’s ability to lower the rate for safety. And he put up his 1,072 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in just five matches, something he continues to do when he should be in the conversation for these awards.
“The way I did it was different from the others,” Patterson said. “Not taking away – those guys definitely put the numbers themselves – but that’s the way I did it to back it up. Guys aren’t scoring eight touchdowns and running back from 300 yards . But I think the two biggest things are. Just short games and how late we started. I think that’s why I should be a sure-footer. “
Since all of Heisman would have voted since Patterson had a chance to play on Christmas day, his Camellia Bowl stats would not contribute to his case. But he would still be playing with that chip on his shoulder for the rest of his career.
Patterson said, “If it’s coming back in the fall, or going to the NFL, I’m still going to take that chip, I’m still going to be the same player.” “Nothing’s going to change. It’s something I cling to, it’s my morality, and regardless of whether it’s at Buffalo or the next level, I’m still pushing people to prove me wrong and myself. I believe that I can run a great college and at the next level. “