Montana Western running back Sam Rutherford win first Frontier Conference Player of the Week award.

Montana Western Press Release

Following a convincing victory against No. 21 Dickinson State University on Saturday night, the Frontier Conference has recognized a member of the Bulldog offense for his outstanding play in the season opener.

Sam Rutherford, a 6-foot, 225 lbs., senior running back out of Great Falls, Mont. was named as Offensive Player of the Week for week one. During the game in Miles City, Mont. Rutherford broke Montana Western’s career rushing record. While accomplishing this historic feat, he also rushed for three touchdowns to go along with his 169 yards. His performance ranks him third in the nation for total rushing yards after one week, and second in total touchdowns.

“Sam is an incredible competitor and a huge part in the turnaround of our program,” said Head Coach Ryan Nourse. “Getting the Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Week the same week that he not only breaks the Bulldog career rushing record, but breaks his hand shows that he is the blue collar person that Southwest Montana is all about.”

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Rutherford will look to increase his newly found school record when the team heads to Caldwell, Idaho to take on the College to take on the College of Idaho on Saturday, September 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.