J.T. Tuimoloau had a historic performance Saturday in No. 2 Ohio State’s 44-31 win over No. 13 Penn State.
Tuimoloau finished with two sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and two interceptions — including one returned for a touchdown that sealed the Buckeyes’ comeback win. No defender has ever put up those kinds of numbers.
His performance got the seal of approval from the king of Ohio himself, LeBron James, as well as rookie phenom Paolo Banchero.
Guys named J.T. are having the best weekend ever.
J.T. Realmuto hit the game-winning home run for Philadelphia in Game 1 of the World Series on Friday night, and Saturday afternoon began with Tuimoloau as the main attraction of college football’s early slate of games.
The team desperately needed his historic performance, as Penn State (6-2, 3-2 in Big Ten) put up a better fight than most anticipated. The Nittany Lions led 21-16 with nine minutes remaining.
In a span of six minutes and nine seconds, the Buckeyes outscored Penn State 28-3, with Tuimoloau’s second interception of the day capping the run.
Ohio State (8-0, 5-0 in Big Ten) looked more vulnerable than it has all season against Penn State. Tuimoloau never looked stronger.