Running back Scott Barnyak excelled on the football field for the Tartans, earning All-America honors in 1989 and 1990 while being named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1989 and the University Athletic Association (UAA) MVP in 1990. Barnyak became the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher at the conclusion of the 1990 season when he finished with 1,088 yards. His rushing total was one of four single-season records he set that season. The halfback also carried the ball 250 times, recorded 19 rushing touchdowns and scored 138 points. His 138 points scored in 1990 led all divisions and played a dynamic role in the Tartans recording their fifth undefeated regular season in school history with a 10-0 mark, winning the inaugural UAA football championship and receiving a berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs. He finished his career as the school-record holder with 308 points and 2,618 rushing yards which now ranks third and fifth all-time, respectively, in program history. Both were school records at the time. Barnyak also ended his career with 1,368 receiving yards, which ranks eighth all-time.