Michigan’s game against Maryland on Saturday had about as weird of a start as you can get in a football game.
Through three Michigan drives and two Maryland drives, the Wolverines were out-gaining Maryland 135-32 but were losing 7-3. Michigan picked up at least one first drive on the first three drives of the game but only were able to get a field goal while Maryland returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Then Shea Patterson and the Michigan offense got going. After getting just three points out of their first four possessions, Michigan had consecutive drives that ended with touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown and touchdown. That is five straight scoring drives.
Patterson’s stats for the day were 19/27 with 282 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 85.7 QBR and a passer rating of 187.4.
In total, Patterson had 12 good plays, 10 neutral plays, four bad plays and three great plays.
Patterson had some down right phenomenal plays against the Terrapins. His 51 yard pass to Nico Collins in the second quarter was a great show of his arm talent and his willingness to take shots down field.
His worst play of the day came on a beautifully schemed play in the third quarter. Michigan started the play like they were going to run the bubble pass they have run a thousand times before but instead of blocking Donovan Peoples-Jones slipped through into space. He was wide open and probably would have had a touchdown but Patterson just completely missed the throw.
Patterson’s scrambling ability was definitely on show in this one. With the clock winding down in the first half, Patterson got the ball and rolled out to his left. He threw the ball across his body way down the field to Ronnie Bell, who made the catch and got in for the touchdown right as the half ended.
Later on in the third quarter, Maryland brought pressure and Patterson avoided it by running backwards. He kept his eyes down field and eventually found Peoples-Jones wide open in space and he took it for a touchdown.
For the day Patterson gets a grade of 87/100. Patterson had some of his vintage plays and the Michigan offense was electric at times. He had a few throws that he would like to have back but overall this was a really strong performance before Michigan’s upcoming stretch of difficult games.