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Temple RB Montel Harris sets school record with 351 yards and 7 touchdowns

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Montel Harris set a school record with 351 yards rushing and seven touchdowns against Army on Saturday. (US Presswire)

Temple running back Montel Harris left Boston College as one of the ACC career leaders in rushing, without a chance to chase the top spot in his final year of eligibility. But Harris has etched his name in Temple history forever, rushing for a school-record 351 yards and seven touchdowns in the Owls' 63-32 win at Army on Saturday.

Most Rushing Yards - Game
YdsPlayer, SchoolOpponent (Year)
406LaDainian Tomlinson, TCUvs. UTEP (1999)
396Tony Sands, Kansasvs. Missouri (1991)
386Marshall Faulk, S.D. Statevs. Pacific (1991)
378Troy Davis, Iowa Statevs. Missouri (1996)
377Anthony Thompson, Indianavs. Wisconsin (1989)
377Robbie Mixon, C. Michiganvs. E. Michigan (2002)


Harris has broken the 100-yard mark four times this season, with his previous high being a 30-carry, 142-yard performance against Connecticut in an overtime win. On Saturday, Steve Addazio and the coaching staff let Harris loose for a career day that nearly shattered the NCAA single-game rushing record (406 yards) set by former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson against UTEP in 1999.

Harris' big day also contributed to some new school records for team performance. Temple has not scored 63 points in a game since a 1973 contest against Holy Cross, and the 534 team rushing yards break the previous high -- 477, set in 1977 against Drake.

Interestingly enough, Harris' impressive performance was not even the highest single-game total this season. Just last week Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey netted 366 yards in a win over Colorado.

Temple improved to 4-6 with the win, but unfortunately has no shot at postseason eligibility without a 12th game on their schedule. The Owls had been working with Hawaii to possibly schedule another contest late in the season, but those negotiations -- the game was to be played Dec. 7 in Aloha Stadium -- ended this week.

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