Justin Taimatuia probably wishes he could have played in last year's outstanding season for Boise State.
Forced to redshirt due to an injury, Taimatuia is back with a vengeance this fall. The 6'0", 298-pound defensive tackle from American Samoa made the most of his first start for the Broncos against Washington. Officially, Taimatuia, or "J.T." as he is known, was credited with two tackles. One of those couldn't have been bigger.
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With the Huskies driving late in the game in an attempt to win or tie the score, Taimatuia burst up the middle, sacking Washington quarterback Jake Browning for an eight-yard loss back at the Bronco 37. The Huskies were able to advance the ball back to the 29, but no further, and it meant a 46-yard field goal try that went wide right. Taimatuia's sack was the second for the Broncos in the series, as Kamalei Correa also sacked Browning two plays earlier.
As proud as an angler who just reeled in a trophy-sized fish, Taimatuia talked about his sack: "It was a great feeling. It was a three-man rush, and we just had to see who was going to get there first. After watching film, we all got there, but if I was a second late, Sam Mac (Bronco defensive end Sam McCaskill) was going to be there. If I was two seconds late, Kamalei (stud defensive end Kamalei Correa) was going to be there, so I felt we did pretty good on that rush, and it's a blessing I had that sack."
J.T. and the Broncos will need that same type of defensive performance to put the team in position to defeat BYU this Saturday. Kickoff in Provo is set for 8:15 p.m.
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