Irish average 9.0 yards per play - a high since 1998 - en route to 38-34 victory.
ROMEO OKWARA'S HONORS & AWARDS
Football Bowl Subdivision Defensive Player of the Week (9.15.14)
ROMEO OKWARA'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 11, vs. Purdue, Sept. 13, 2014 (3-8)
Sacks: 1.0, at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014 (1-0); Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014 (1-0)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, five times; last time at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014
Fumbles forced: 1, at Oklahoma, Oct. 27, 2012; Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014; vs. Purdue, Sept. 13, 2014
Pass breakups: 1, at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Started on the defensive line in 12 of the 13 games (played but did not start vs. Navy) ... registered 39 tackles, four TFLs, four sacks, one PBU and two forced fumbles ... led the team in sacks ... started in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) ... registered two tackles and a sack against the Owls ... collected a pair of tackles, including a sack (for a loss of 17 yards), and forced a fumble in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) ... registered 11 tackles in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) ... easily surpassed his previous career high for tackles in a game (had five against both Navy and Stanford in 2013) ... added a half sack and a forced fumble against the Boilermakers ... totaled three tackles in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) ... started and played extensively but did not record a tackle in the win over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) ... started and made three stops in the win over North Carolina (Oct. 11) ... made two tackles, including an eight-yard sack of Jameis Winston, at No. 2 Florida State ... did not start in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) ... failed to collect any statistics against the Midshipmen ... started at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) but did not record a tackle ... registered an assisted tackle vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... made three tackles against Louisville (Nov. 22) ... split a sack with Jarron Jones against the Cardinals ... recorded six tackles, including a season-high four solo stops, and one PBU at USC (Nov. 29) ... recorded six tackles, third-best on the team, in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Played in all 13 games and made his first career start against Navy (Nov. 2) ... credited with 19 tackles on the year, 10 solo and nine assisted ... had 1.5 tackles for loss including a half of a sack ... matched his career high with five tackles in the regular season finale at Stanford (Nov. 30) ... also had five tackles in the win over Navy, including a share of his first career sack ... had a TFL amongst his two tackles at Air Force (Oct. 26) ... recorded single solo tackles in five games.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Appeared in all 13 games of rookie season, primarily as a special-teams contributor ... registered seven tackles, four of which were unassisted ... logged at least one stop in five of the final six games ... posted first career tackle for loss in the win at Oklahoma (Oct. 27), forcing a fumble on the play ... credited with a half tackle for loss against Wake Forest (Nov. 17).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team defensive lineman on all-Observer squad by Charlotte Observer for 2011 ... considered the 13th-best player in North Carolina by 247Sports ... rated 15th-best player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... ranked number-19 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... led team with 76 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss, to go with 18 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a field-goal block ... two-time all-Mecklenburg selection by Charlotte Observer ... as junior in 2010 recorded 70 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal ... an allleague selection on 8-5 Ardrey Kell team as a junior ... chosen to play in North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... from same high school that produced former Irish defender Prince Shembo ... moved to United States from Nigeria as sixth-grader ... coached by Adam Hastings at Ardrey Kell High School ... son of Julius and Melda Okwara ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accountancy.