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Shea Patterson Reacts To Michigan WR's Dropped Touchdown Pass

A closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The fallout from Ronnie Bell's dropped touchdown catch against Penn State last night was swift and rather vicious. In the wake of criticism and teasing directed towards the Michigan wideout, his quarterback has come to his defense.

Speaking to the media, Patterson called on Bell to be a little less hard on himself. But Patterson took the attempt to ease his receiver's conscience even further by suggesting that he could have done things differently, too.

Patterson went so far as to say that he could have ran the ball in, rather than try to get the touchdown via a pass.

Bell is “being hard on himself right now.... maybe I could have ran it in”

The play occurred on a fourth-and-goal situation with Michigan down seven with only seconds remaining. Patterson stepped up into the pocket and tossed a dart down the middle, but Bell was unable to reel in the ball, ending the drive.

Had Bell caught the ball, Michigan would have either made the game-tying extra point or gone for the win on a two-point conversion.

But Bell's drop ended the game in a 28-21 Penn State victory. He was heartbroken and reportedly cried on the sidelines afterwards.

Bell may have earned a lot of critics after the game, but he's also picked up plenty of support. He should be good to go moving forward.