Saturday, November 17, 2012

Temple's Harris runs wild at Army, sets new school records in blowout win

Temple running back Montel Harris set the Michie Stadium turf on fire Saturday afternoon, in the Owls' 63-32 victory over Army.

Subbing for an injured Matt Brown -- who scored two TDs on the ground before leaving with an undisclosed injury -- Harris struck for 351 yards and seven touchdowns.

The offensive outburst tied the program's single-season points record set back in 1973 (Sept. 29) in a win 63-34 win at Holy Cross.  The Owls also established a new team record for rushing yards with 534, breaking the old mark set in 1977 against Drake (477 yards in a 42-0 home win on Sept. 17).

Harris' monster day was far and away the most yards gained by an Army opponent, smashing Tony Dorsett's original mark of 268 yards for Pitt back in 1975. His total rushing yards eclipsed Paul Palmer's record of 349 and the touchdown record last accomplished by Bernard Pierce of five in one contest.

Temple snapped a four-game losing streak and will finish their season at home against Syracuse on Friday morning at the Linc. With no 12th game on the slate as logistics eliminated a possible matchup with Hawaii, the Owls need to have every break go their way along with a win against the Orange to have a crack at a bowl berth.
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