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Temple's Harris dashes for 7 TDs, 351 yards to rout Army

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- After taking a helmet to his left knee in a bad loss a week ago, Montel Harris barely practiced as Temple prepared for a critical game at Army. Seems like a good idea in retrospect.

Harris rushed for a career-high 351 yards and seven touchdowns as Temple beat Army, 63-32, yesterday.

Harris scored on a 60-yard run and a 1-yard run in the second quarter, a 1-yard run and a 37-yarder in the third, and a 2-yarder, another 37-yarder and another 1-yarder in the fourth to come within one of the NCAA record set in 1990 by Howard Griffith of Illinois against Southern Illinois.

"I didn't see this coming," Harris said. "I started off kind of slow at the beginning of the game."

Harris did not get rolling until running back Matt Brown limped off the field with a hamstring injury after scoring on runs of 12 and 36 yards to stake the Owls to a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

"He [Brown] said, 'You've got to pick it up, it's all on you now,' " Harris said after just the 95th 300-yard rushing game in NCAA history.

The Owls (4-6) scored only 54 points combined in losing their previous four games, all in the Big East, and they stopped their skid by beating the nation's top rushing team at its own game, gaining 534 yards rushing on 57 carries. Army (2-9), which finished with 407 yards rushing on 62 carries, has lost 16 straight against Big East competition.

Army quarterback Trent Steelman ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns. He has 44 career TDs, breaking 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis' school record of 43.

Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3: Reserve running back Savon Huggins had a career-high 179 yards, and the Scarlet Knights (9-1, 5-0 Big East) shut down the league's highest-scoring offense in Cincinnati. Gary Nova threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Mark Harrison in the second quarter, and Nick Borgese made a 42-yard field goal in the fourth. Rutgers is alone in first place in the Big East, one game ahead of No. 19 Louisville, which was idle Saturday.-- AP


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