Laie native, Kamehameha graduate and standout Utah defensive lineman Mika Tafua played his final college game on Saturday, registering one tackle in a 48-45 loss to Ohio State at the Rose Bowl in what has already been considered one of the best games of the 2021-2022 season.

On Dec. 20, 2021, Tafua declared his intention to enter the 2022 NFL Draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

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Additionally, Kahuku alum Aliki Vimahi had a tackle for the Utes. The matchup between Utah and Ohio State also featured brothers Aliki and Enokk Vimahi on opposite sidelines. Meanwhile, Halawa native Palaie Gaoteote also had a tackle for the Buckeyes.

Earlier in the day, Notre Dame defensive tackle and Kapolei alum Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa captained his final game for the Irish in a 37-35 loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. Tagovailoa-Amosa had five tackles (four solo) and a quarterback hurry. Saint Louis alum Jordan Botelho also had a tackle for Notre Dame.

To cap off Saturday’s slate of games, Baylor head coach and former Hawaii defensive coordinator Dave Aranda helmed the Bears to a 21-7 win over Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl to secure the first 12-win season in school history.