Through five games as a starter he had been close so many times, but had yet to record a sack. Then again, beating Elvis Dumervil to the opposing quarterback would be a tough task for anyone in college football.
On Saturday, once again against Cincinnati, Rimpsey recorded a sack - the fourth of his career.
"It felt good to contribute the way I did," he said minutes after the game. "It's been a long time since I got a sack, but I'll always do whatever I can to help out the team."
Playing opposite of All-American candidate Elvis Dumervil, Rimpsey hasn't seen too much of the local or national spotlight come his way, but against the Bearcats on Saturday he made a play that's worthy of a SportsCenter type highlight.
Holding just a slim 12-7 margain in the second quarter and facing the host Bearcats just a few yards away from the goal line, the Cardinal defense held when free saftey Brandon Sharp intercepted a Dustin Grutza pass in the end zone.
"We sort of had a let down after that last quarter at West Virginia, so it was really good for the defense to come out here and play like this," Rimpsey explained. "Especially when we had that goal line stop. I think that changed the game. I think that won us the game, because we stopped them right down on the goal line and then the offense came back and scored."
Rimpsey totaled four tackles against the Bearcats, with 2 1/2 coming behind the line scrimmage. While he admitted that he'd prefer not to have the upcoming weekend off, Rimpsey did say that the team could use the extra time off before their Thursday, November 3rd contest against Pittsburgh.
"It's a much needed rest because we have guys that our injured," he said. "Plus, it will give us more time to prepare and get ready for a good Pittsburgh team."
Riding a nine game home winning streak, the Rimpsey is looking forward to the the three game home stand.
"That's real big for us because we always play real good at home and for us to have three straight Big East games there will be great," he said. "I know the fans will be behind us and that always lifts our spirits and helps us play even better."