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USC's Tuli Tuipulotu Earns Two Pac-12 Football Player of the Week Honors

Oct 10, 2022

LOS ANGELES—USC junior defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and the Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in USC's 30-14 victory over Washington State. 

Tuipulotu was dominant at the line of scrimmage and tallied 5 tackles with 4.0 for loss (for 18 yards) and 3.0 sacks (for 17 yards). He had 2 sacks in 3 plays during the first quarter.
He fell just one short of tying the school record of 4 sacks in a game done 4 times (Marcus Cotton against Oregon State in 1987, Junior Seau against Oregon State in 1989, Tim Ryan against UCLA in 1989 and Lawrence Jackson against Arizona State in 2007). 

Tuipulotu now leads the nation in sacks with 1.17 per game and is tied for No. 1 in the nation in tackles for loss with 2.1 per game.
 
This was the fifth consecutive game in which Tuipulotu had at least 1 tackle for loss. On the season, he has recorded 21 tackles with 12.5 for loss of 61 yards and 7 sacks for minus 49 yards. He has also collected 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble and a QBH.

This is Tuipulotu's first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor and his second time being named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week.