PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 16, 2012) – Senior linebacker Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) tied a season-high with 14 tackles to lead a stingy Rutgers defense as the Scarlet Knights defeated Syracuse 23-15. In recognition of his outstanding performance, he has been selected as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of theWeek.
Greene, the 2011 Co-BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, finished with a career-high three forced fumbles. He also totaled 1.5 sacks and his second interception of the season against the Orange.
“Khaseem has proven to be and continues to perform at an elite level,” Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood said. “He has bought into the team concept of our defense and the results have shown on the field.”
Greene is now eighth in school history with 314 career tackles. He moved past Tim Blanchard (1975-78) in the career top 10 on Saturday.
Syracuse was held to 62 yards rushing as Rutgers held its seventh straight opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground.
Rutgers ranked No. 15 in the BCS Standings, return to action Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field versus Temple in Philadelphia. Kickoff is set for 12 noon on the BIG EAST Network (SNY, WPVI-6 ABC).