Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Harris receives national honor

Temple running back Montel Harris was named the College Football Performance Awards national performer of the week on Sunday.

Harris receives national honor

Temple Owls running back Montel Harris (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Temple Owls running back Montel Harris (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Temple running back Montel Harris was named the College Football Performance Awards national performer of the week on Sunday.

The Boston College transfer set Temple and Big East single-game records with 351 rushing yards and seven touchdown as the Owls battered Army, 63-32, on Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Harris, a graduate student after a prolific career at BC, scored on touchdown runs of 60, 1, 1, 37, 2, 37 and 1 yards. Bernard Pierce, now a rookie with the Baltimore Ravens, held the old mark of five touchdowns in a game, set against Maryland last September.

Harris also broke the Big East mark of six touchdowns set by former Miami standout and current Denver Bronco Willis McGahee on Dec. 7, 2002.

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He was only one rushing score shy of tying the FBS record of by former Illinois running back Howard Griffith on Sept. 22, 1990.

And he has more accomplishments.

Harris also shattered the single-game opponent rushing yard and touchdown records at West Point. Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett rushed for 268 yards against the Black Knights on Oct. 18, 1975. Four different running backs rushed for four touchdowns at the stadium. Temple's Matt Brown was the last to do so two seasons ago.

The 5-foot-9, 207-pound Harris broke the school game rushing mark of 349 yards that Paul Palmer set against East Carolina in 1986. The old Big East record of 337 yards was held by former West Virginia standout Kay-Jay Harris since 2004.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

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