Tyree Kinnel on QB Shea Patterson in rivalry win: 'He did really well'

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Tyree Kinnel on QB Shea Patterson in rivalry win: 'He did really well'

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Tyree Kinnel on QB Shea Patterson in rivalry win: 'He did really well'

Shea Patterson’s first true rivalry game occurred on Oct. 20, 2018.

The Michigan quarterback, growing up a fan of the Wolverines, understood the meaning behind the game against Michigan State. But as many know, a player never fully comprehends a rivalry until the first whistle blows.

Patterson’s first quarter was scoreless.

But on the first play of the second quarter, Patterson found wide receiver Nico Collins for a 6-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead.

In a 7-7 tie, Patterson fumbled on the MSU 22-yard line and the football was recovered by Michigan State’s Tyriq Thompson with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter.

That’s when Patterson jumped into a defensive huddle, which included safety Tyree Kinnel.

“He poked into the defensive huddle after the fumble and told us we weren’t going to lose this game,” Kinnel said. “He trusted us and we trust him.”

Four minutes following the fumble, Patterson delivered.

He threw a perfect pass to receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who caught the ball in-stride, dropped a defender and went 79 yards to the end zone for a 14-7 edge.

“I felt like it was going to come down to a big play with the weather and at one point, it was tied,” Kinnel said.

“Shea stayed composed and even keel with his mind.”

Patterson finished 14-of-25 through the air for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Kinnel led the team with fives tackles, of which one was for a loss.

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