Montel Harris rushed for seven touchdowns this afternoon in Temples 63-32 blowout win against Army. Yes, you read right; seven touchdowns! That breaks the Owls record for most in a game. He also added an astonishing 351 yards rushing, also breaking a Temple record.
Harris, who transferred from Boston College to complete his college run with the Owls, accomplished this stellar game on 36 carries, as the Black Knights had no answer for him. In the first half, he only had 16 carries, and had already picked up 176 yards. Overall, Temple had 594 yards rushing, shattering its old record of 430 that had with stood for 29 years.
Harris said after the game, "I felt good coming into this game, I knew I would get a lot of touches, and my O-line paved the way for me, it was a great day. I'm just thankful I am healthy and able to put this kind of game together, we got the win and stopped our losing streak, that's what matters most at the end of the day".
Harris was coming into today's game averaging 82 yards rushing in his last five games, but that average skyrocketed after today's performance. He was breaking off runs of 20 + yards consistently; it almost looked the Army defense wasn't even there. Harris was on a lot of NFL teams radars already after his solid three seasons at Boston College and being named to the senior bowl watch list at the beginning of the season. However, today's performance boosts his draft stock tremendously and with many NFL scouts there just to see him today, he sure did not disappoint them.
This win breaks Temple's four game losing streak, and puts the Owls at 4-6 overall with one game remaining. The Owls know they will not be bowl eligible this season, but this blowout win against Army finally gives them something to be proud of again. It shows that there are still playing hard and not giving up on the season after a horrible four game losing streak at the worst possible time.
Next up for the Owls is a black Friday afternoon home game to close out the season against Syracuse. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m, at the Linc.
Here are some tweets from today as people were catching onto Harris' record breaking performance...