Irish stuff three Cardinal rushing attempts at the 1-yard line in overtime to secure the win.
Justin Utupo's career highs
Tackles: 3, at Pittsburgh, Nov 09, 2013 (2-1)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, at Air Force, Oct 26, 2013 (1-0)
SENIOR SEASON (2013): Saw action in all 13 games, predominantly on special teams, but gained more significant snaps on defense toward the end of the season following the injuries to DL Sheldon Day, DL Louis Nix III and OLB Ishaq Williams ... registered seven total tackles, including four solo stops ... made a season-high three tackles against Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) ... collected two tackles, including first career tackle for loss, in the victory at Air Force (Oct. 26).
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Saw action in the last 11 games of the regular season in a reserve role.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Saw action in 12 games on the year, primarily on special teams ... did not play vs. USF.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Did not see game action in 2010.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team defensive lineman on California Division I all-state squad as senior in 2009 ... named Lineman of the Year for 2009 by Los Angeles Times ... first-team defensive lineman on Los Angeles Times All-Star team for 2009 ... defensive player of the year on all-Southland team named by Los Angeles Times ... named Moore League defensive player of the year as senior in 2009 ... recorded 67 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, 29 tackles for loss and forced four fumbles as senior defensive tackle and tight end in 2009 at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif. ... made seven receptions for touchdowns as tight end in 2009 as Lancers finished 11-2 ... helped Lakewood to final #9 Southern California overall top-25 ranking and final #4 ranking in CIF Division I South by CalHiSports.com ... recovered a pair of fumbles to help Lakewood end Long Beach Poly's 80-game conference win streak with 21-14 victory in 2009 and ensure Lakewood's first outright Moore League title since 1974 ... had four sacks in Lancers' CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division quarterfinal win over #23 La Puente Bishop Amat ... first-team all-conference selection as defensive lineman as junior in 2008 on Lakewood squad that finished 10-3 ... made 70 tackles and six sacks as junior in 2008 while leading conference in tackles for loss ... helped Lakewood to CIF Southern Section Pac-5 semifinals in 2008 ... played in Offense-Defense All-American game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in January 2010 ... played for coach Thadd Macneal at Lakewood ... son of Dennis and Maria Utupo ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as an anthropology major.