Senior Owl running back Montel Harris, who battled injuries, a change in schools and repeated discipline issues which led to his separation from the team at Boston College, today set Temple school records rushing for 351 yards on 36 carries (9.8 yards per carry) and scored 7 rushing touchdowns in today’s victory over Army 63-32. This game had just less than 1,000 yards on the ground by both teams (Owls – 534, Army – 407)
Harris, who scored on runs of 60, 1, 1, 37, 2, 37, 1 yards starting with just over four minutes left in the second quarter, accounted for 351 of the 534 rushing yards. He narrowly beat out West Virginia all purpose back Tavon Austin’s performance of 344 yards on 21 carries (16.4 yards per carry) in thie last second loss to Oklahoma 50-49.
The former Boston College star, had rushed for a school record of 264 yards and 5 touchdowns in a victory over North Carolina State, left after rushing for 3,735 yards and 27 touchdowns before re-injuring his knee in his senior year. He received a medical red shirt for his senior season. Earlier this May, after several team rule violations the Eagles permanently dismissed Harris for repeated team rules.
The Owls who only attempted 4 passes for the game, completing only 2 for 31 yards, are a run first team where they rank 55th in rushing offense (168 yards a game), while 120th in passing (125 yards a game). The Owls will not be Bowel eligible as they are currently 4-6 with only one game left.