(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University senior running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) was named Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Tartans' 42-10 win at Thiel College this past Saturday. Benger was also honored by the University Athletic Association (UAA) as Offensive Athlete of the Week with senior Tyler Kohman (Pataskala, Ohio/Columbus Academy) recognized as Kohman was named UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week.
Benger rushed for 204 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in the win. It marked the second time this season that he has rushed for 200 yards in a game and eighth for his career. Benger's touchdowns came on 5-yard and 40-yard runs. He now has 58 career rushing touchdowns and needs one more to tie Travis Sivik (2004-07) as the school's all-time leader.
Kohman, the nation's leading punter, averaged 53.3 yards per punt on three punts. All three of the senior's punts were over 50 yards with a long of 57, as he placed all three inside the Tomcats' 20-yard line, one at the 4-yard line, 9-yard line and the other at the 10. He now has placed 17 of his 32 punts inside the opponents' 20 and has a national best 47.5 yards per punt average. Kohman also converted 5-of-5 PATs.
Carnegie Mellon will conclude its regular season road slate with a trip to New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 28 to play the Titans of Westminster College. Kick is set for 7:00 p.m.