New Hampshire Football Report

Orimolade claims Ivy honor

HANOVER — Dartmouth senior Folarin Orimolade was chosen as the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Dartmouth’s 17-13 road victory at Cornell on Saturday. This is the second time he has been selected for the honor this season.

A 6-0, 235-pound linebacker from Burtonsville, Md., 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 8-yard loss during the game’s opening drive, which stalled at the Dartmouth 3, 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 first-and-goal at the 6, 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 third-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 (four) and sacks (eight).

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