A 6-0, 235-pound linebacker from Burtonsville, Maryland, Orimolade registered a pair of sacks that proved essential to keeping Cornell out of the end zone on its first two drives of the game. His first sack went for an eight-yard loss during the game’s opening drive, which stalled at the Dartmouth three, forcing the Big Red to settle for a 20-yard field goal. On the next Cornell possession, Orimolade dropped the quarterback for another sack on 1st-and-goal at the six, leading to another short field goal that kept Dartmouth close.
But Orimolade’s biggest play came in the fourth quarter with the Big Green trailing by a score of 13-10. Cornell had pushed into Dartmouth territory and faced 3rd-and-3 at the 39-yard line, but Orimolade jarred the ball free from a ball carrier, allowing teammate Jake Moen to recover the fumble. Nine plays later, the Big Green scored the go-ahead touchdown to complete a rally from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit for the win.
Orimolade finished the game with a team-high six tackles, all solo, to go with his two sacks and forced fumble. The preseason All-American leads the Ivy League in both forced fumbles (4) and sacks (8.0), not to mention third nationally in the former category and fourth in sacks per game (1.0).
Dartmouth has earned four individual weekly awards on defense this year, with Orimolade honored twice, along with junior lineman Brennan Cascarano and freshman cornerback Isiah Swann once apiece.
The Big Green (4-4, 1-4 Ivy) host their final home game of the season with Brown (3-5, 2-3 Ivy) coming to Memorial Field this Saturday for a noon kickoff that will be televised on ONE World Sports with Bill Spaulding and Ken Dunek calling the action. That broadcast will be simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, and Dartmouth fans can also listen to the game locally on 94.5 ESPN Radio (94.5 FM, 1230/1400 AM) and around the globe online at www.945espn.com with Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 behind the microphones.