(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University senior running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) along with sophomore returner Willie Richter (Leander, Texas/Cedar Park) were recognized by the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and the University Athletic As-sociation (UAA) for their play in the Tartans' 42-14 win over the University of Rochester on Saturday, September 9. Benger was named Offensive Player of the Week while Richter was honored as Special Teams Athlete of the Week for both. Benger was also recognized nationally on the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Benger made the most of his nine first half touches in Saturday's home victory over Rochester, finishing with eight carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns to go along with an 11-yard touchdown grab. It marked his fifth career four touchdown game. After Saturday's efforts, he currently ranks fourth in PAC history in both career rushing touchdowns (53) and rushing yards (4,593) and fifth in rushing attempts (757). His 92-yard first quarter scoring run is tied for the sixth-longest in PAC history and is the league's longest run since 2014.
Richter finished with three punt returns for 112 yards, including an 86-yard return for a score in the second quarter. He racked up 127 all-purpose yards in the win. The touchdown return marked the second longest in program history, as Sam Thompson holds the record with a 92-yard return in 2012 at Wabash September 29. The return also is tied for the 10th-longest punt return for a touchdown in PAC history.
Carnegie Mellon will open PAC play on Saturday, September 16 when they travel to Waynes-burg University for a 1:30 p.m. kick.