49ers running back named Offensive MVP at East-West Shrine Bowl

Benny LeMay
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Standout Charlotte 49ers running back Benny LeMay scored the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes to play to lift the East to a 31-27 victory in the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl.

LeMay, one of three 49ers playing in the senior showcase, scored on a nine-yard run with 1:52 remaining to give the East the four-point win. He scored twice in the game and was named the Shrine Bowl's Offensive MVP. He led the East with 80 yards on 16 carries and the two TDs. He also scored on a 10-yard run in the first quarter.

The East–West Shrine Bowl is a postseason college football all-star game that has been played annually since 1925.

The Charlotte 49ers advanced to a first-ever bowl game in December 2019 under first-year coach Will Healy. LeMay had eight games with two or more touchdowns in his career, including five in 2019. The first-team all-Conference USA selection is the 49ers all-time FBS rushing leader with 3,232 yards in his four-year career. He ranks second all-time in school history in both rushing yards and rushing TDs.