AJ Epenesa’s first career interception was a special one.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter of the Buffalo Bills at the Washington Commanders, the former Iowa Hawkeyes edge rusher picked off Commanders quarterback Sam Howell right in front of him for a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

This is the first interception of Epenesa at the collegiate or professional level. The score from Epenesa put Buffalo up 32-0 with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter.


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Epenesa was drafted in the second round — 54th overall pick — in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Bills after 3 stellar seasons at Iowa.

In his 3 previous seasons at Buffalo, Epenesa accumulated 44 total tackles, 32 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 8 pass breakups. In his 3 seasons at Iowa, Epenesa accumulated 101 tackles, 61 solo tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, 7 pass breakups, a fumble recovery and 9 forced fumbles. He was named a first-team All-B1G selection in his sophomore (2018) and junior (2019) seasons.

Buffalo (2-1) dominated Washington (2-1) 37-3.

The last time Buffalo accounted for a shutout win was in Week 4 in the 2021 NFL Season when the Bills dominated the Houston Texans 40-0. Epenesa accounted for a quarterback hit in the win.