Oscar was an All-State football player under Coach Joel Hicks at Big Creek High. He was honorable mention basketball All-America and also lettered in track. Coming out of high school he was considered to have the pass-catching instincts to make him a top prospect.
Patrick was considered a "made to order" receiver along with everything else and was considered almost impossible to bring down. He led the freshman receivers until a leg injury sidelined him. With his right leg injured, he used his left on the conversion which beat Penn State 7-6 and he got a pat on the back from Sports Illustrated.
As a sophomore he was the top receiver. He caught 19 for 326 yards and had 2 touchdowns. That year he became more aggressive and showed the ability the coaching staff felt he had all along. His speed (40 yards in 4.7 seconds) complemented his pass-catching ability. As a junior he hauled in 50 for 770 yards and five TDs to finish 18 th in the nation and set a WVU school record. He also snared 10 for 190 yards against Penn State for two Mountaneer marks. His five touchdowns made him the third leading Mountaineer scorer in 1968.
His senior year he had 9 receptions for 97 yards. Oscar is tied for tenth on the WVU All-Time Season Receptions list with 50 receptions in a season during his junior year. At the time, he was the 18th best wide receiver in the nation statistically. Over his career, he amassed 78 receptions tied for 21st on the WVU All-Time Career Receptions list. After his senior year, he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins.
Football Facilities at WVU (1960s)
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