Patterson said the alleged eye-gouging occurred on 4th-and-goal from the Nittany Lions’ 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. He said as he tried to reach the ball over the goal line on a sneak play, there was a Penn State defender in his face.
“Yeah, a little bit,” Patterson said when asked about whether there was eye-gouging, according to the Detroit Free Press. ”That was not fun at all. They had me for a good 10 seconds in there.”
Patterson added: “I was trying to reach the ball across the plane. I know for a good while I was screaming for my life. Wasn’t too happy about that.”
Michigan offensive tackle Jon Runyan Jr. also brought up eye-gouging unprompted, according to the Free Press.
“Shea played lights-out that game. I loved his composure,” Runyan said. “His leadership. Even on the touchdown, the QB sneak, I can’t believe it, but we were down there, and we were in the pile — I wasn’t in it — but Shea was getting his eyes gouged out in the scrum. He was still fighting, people were getting in his eyes. He came to the sidelines, tears all in his eyes. It was ridiculous that people were trying to gouge his eyes out. But he kept fighting for us and I appreciate it. He’s an awesome leader.”
Patterson confirmed Runyan’s account of what happened and said it was the most violence pile he’s ever been in.
“Yeah, dude had his index finger in my eye, my whole — in my eye socket, for about, like I said, 10 seconds,” he said.
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson throws a pass during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Neither player mentioned any Penn State player specifically in the alleged eye-gouging incident.
Michigan lost the game 28-21.