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"I think we gained a lot more respect fan-wise from being 7-5 than a being 11-2 beating Boise State at Boise State, which to me is an unbelievable win," Patterson told ESPN.com in a recent interview. "To me, that speaks volumes to where we’re at and I think our kids should to understand that, what we’re doing." ...It's an interesting debate. I'll put my cards on the table: I strongly agree with Patterson's assertion. As for what I saw on the field, I'd say the accomplishments Patterson is noting are about equal, but managing to go 7-5 considering all the personnel losses is what makes it more impressive to me.
"Everybody was wondering how we could handle things on a week to week basis, and I thought we, except for one half of football against Oklahoma State, we felt like we were in every ball game that you had," Patterson said.