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Video: Shea Patterson Nearly Makes Disastrous Mistake vs. Notre Dame

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)

Michigan leads Notre Dame 17-0 at halftime, thanks in large part to a dominating defensive effort and strong rushing attack. Quarterback Shea Patterson has not had to do much tonight.

Through two quarters, Patterson has thrown only four passes, completing two for 22 yards. He's rushed eight times for 18 yards, but running backs Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins have carried the load.

Patterson has avoided mistakes tonight, largely because he hasn't been counted on to make plays. However, he still nearly made a brutal gaffe deep in his own territory.

On third down, Patterson was pressure, and instead of simply taking the sack, he tried to shuffle the ball left-handed to a receiver in the flat. The toss was wayward and went out of bounds.

Lucky for him that it did, because it technically was a lateral and a fumble.

Patterson won't like seeing that one played back for him, but again, as long as he plays smart in the second half and takes care of the ball, Michigan should win.

If the Wolverines do hang on here, it would be a much-needed victory for Jim Harbaugh against a top-10 opponent, and a rival at that.