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Former Utah Utes receiver Tim Patrick has career-best game in Denver Broncos’ first win of the season

Former Utah Utes wide receiver Tim Patrick had a big showing on Thursday night as the Denver Broncos won their first game of the season.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of the game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Utes wide receiver Tim Patrick had a big showing on Thursday night as the Denver Broncos won their first game of the season.

Patrick was Denver’s leading receiver with six receptions, 113 yards and a touchdown, the favorite target of Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien, who is filling in for injured starting quarterback Drew Lock.

Patrick’s best reception in the 37-28 win over the New York Jets came in the second quarter, when he hauled in a 40-yard pass, the longest reception of Patrick’s career.

Patrick caught a 7-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to put the Broncos up 24-16.

Patrick starred in another key moment late in the fourth quarter. With the Broncos down 28-27 and facing a third-and-7 with four minutes remaining, Rypien found Patrick for a 31-yard tip-toe grab that set up the go-ahead field goal.

It was the first 100-yard receiving game of Patrick’s three-year NFL career.