Fordham linebacker Ryan Greenhagen had a monster game for the Fordham Rams, as they lost to Nebraska, 52-7, in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sept. 4,
Greenhagen had an NCAA Division I record 31 tackles in the game against Nebraska, according to Fordham’s official web site.
Due to that, Greenhagen received national attention. The Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year was named the Stats Perform FCS National Defensive Player of the Week and the Patriot League Football Defensive Player of the Week.
Greenhagen had 14 solo tackles and 17 assists in the contest, with an additional tackle credited to him on Monday after a review of the game tape. The previous record was 30, which was held by Chattanooga’s Josh Cain (2001), Norfolk State’s Kevin Talley (2004) and Stetson’s Donald Payne (2014). The NCAA has kept tackles as a formal statistic since 2000.
Per CBSSports.com, Greenhagen’s 31 tackles were the most by any player against an FBS team. That record was previously held by Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray, who had 28 tackles against Army West Point.
Unofficially, former Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary had 35 tackles against Houston and 33 tackles against Arkansas, both of which occurred in 1978. But tackles was not an official NCAA statistic at the time.
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