After rushing for just 35 yards on 15 carries in two games prior to the homecoming contest versus South Florida on Saturday, Montel Harris balled out against the Bulls, showing Temple fans that he is capable of carrying the rock effectively. The senior running back torched the opposition, rushing for 135 yards on 24 carries and racking up two touchdowns. It was his first 100-yard performance as a member of the cherry and white, and the running back also caught three passes for 15 yards.
For his efforts, Harris earned the Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Harris' backfield partner, Matt Brown, went down in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, so the Owls leaned on the breakout star during the game's most crucial moments. After the defense came up with a huge stop -- blocking a potential South Florida go-ahead field goal -- Harris scampered 35 yards on the first play of the following possession. That touchdown sealed the Owls first Big East Conference win since 2004.
Three other players racked up personal accolades for Temple following the much-needed victory. Junior tight end Cody Booth and freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich earned Honorable Mention Player of the Week at their respective positions by the College Football Performance Awards. Booth made a tremendous grab on a pass from junior quarterback Chris Coyer for a nine-yard touchdown. It was the first TD reception of his career. Matakevich made the most out of his first collegiate start, accumulating 15 total tackles, including two for a loss.
Coyer was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The dual-threat quarterback was efficient through the air, going 16-20 for 167 yards and one touchdown. Coyer also ran for 64 yards and a tocuhdown.
Temple (2-2, 1-0 Big East) will travel to Connecticut to take on UConn (3-3, 0-1) on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. ESPN3 will broadcast the game online.