- Ohio State defeated Utah 48-45 in Saturday night’s Rose Bowl
- A Utah player was seen throwing a punch after the loss
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It wasn’t a pretty sight at the end of Saturday night’s Rose Bowl game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Utah Utes. The game itself was a back-and-forth battle that ended with the Buckeyes pulling out a three-point win on a last second field goal. Unfortunately, some extracurricular activities following the contest overshadowed the exciting matchup.
During postgame handshakes, Utah defensive lineman Tevita Fotu was seen throwing a punch at a group of Ohio State players. Fotu, who’s not dressed in uniform, can be seen saying something to a trio of Buckeyes at midfield. What was said isn’t known but the fact that he didn’t even play in the game makes it even more head scratching.
Utah #94 throwing a punch post game? pic.twitter.com/FJeLS3NGEN
— Steve Adler (@Steve_Adler) January 2, 2022
It was obviously an emotional game for the Utes, who saw a 14-point lead evaporate in the second half. After seemingly having the outing well in hand, Utah was outscored by 17 points after halftime. Ohio State didn’t take their first lead until late in the fourth quarter. They led for less than three minutes in the entire contest.
Fotu, who is the brother of Arizona Cardinal Leki Fotu, didn’t play at all in his sophomore season with the Utes. He did, however, let the result of this game boil over. The punch landed, but probably caused more damage to Fotu with the Ohio State players still donning helmets. There’s likely to be some sort of repercussion for the Utah lineman and his thrown jab.