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
"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
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
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
Rose-Hulman finished the season with a 5-5 record and was 5-3 in
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.