Monday, March 4, 2013
Top performances 2012: Star Lotulelei
By Ted Miller
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Up next: Star gives a hand
Who and against whom: Utah DT Star Lotulelei contributed in many ways to a thrilling 24-21 victory over the Utes arch-rival, BYU.
The numbers: Lotulelei had seven tackles, one coming for a loss, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a blocked kick
A closer look: Lotulelei generally did what he wanted to against the interior of the BYU offensive line, despite facing constant double-teams (the Utes leading tacklers only had eight stops). The Cougars only managed 106 yards rushing. It also probably was no coincidence that Lotulelei lined up as a noseguard over the BYU center on the bad snap that ended up giving the Utes a 47-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Mo Lee late in the third quarter. And, of course, Lotulelei blocked Justin Sorensen's 51-yard field goal attempt with one second remaining after the officials put time back on the clock following a third-down incompletion. Fans of both teams likely recall the Pac-12 officials then, ridiculously, gave BYU a do-over when fans rushed the field, but the football gods intervened and the ensuing 36-yard kick was missed.