TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- A 60-yard, fourth quarter touchdown run by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Kyle Kovach (Munster, Ind./Andrean) was voted as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Play of the Year in voting by league fans on the conference's athletic website.
Over 8,000 fans voted in the competition that was promoted through Facebook, Twitter, on websites throughout the conference and on each participating campus.
The Rose-Hulman community supported Kovach with 3,652 votes to help the senior earn the inaugural Play of the Year award.
"I wish to thank Rose-Hulman students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends in their campaign to vote for Kyle. This award is a team effort by all our fans. It's a great day to be a Fightin Engineer," said head coach Jeff Sokol.
Kovach scored his 60-yard fourth quarter touchdown run as part of the Kalamazoo game in September. He completed the game with 223 yards on 34 carries, the fourth highest single-game rushing total in Rose-Hulman history.
The civil engineering major earned the title after voting took place on the HCAC social media outlets of Facebook and Twitter. The final voting tally saw Kovach garnering 45% of the vote.
Kovach capped his career as the all-time leading rusher at Rose-Hulman with 3,631 yards and the all-purpose leader with 6,134 yards gained. His accomplishments included 39 rushing touchdowns, 46 total touchdowns, the NCAA Division III all-purpose yardage statistical national championship in 2011, and a spot on the Associated Press / Sports Illustrated Little All-America Team in 2011.
Rose-Hulman finished the season with a 5-5 record and was 5-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.