Back on Monday, Temple coach Steve Addazio was asked about the health of injured tailback Montel Harris.
Addazio said, "I feel good about Montel."
You don't say!
Harris gave Addazio and Owls fans plenty to feel good about Saturday, with a historic performance in a 63-32 win against Army. No hint of the sprained ankle he suffered last week against Cincinnati, either. Harris set school and Big East records with 351 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns -- a one-man force of destruction against a team known for its ability to run the ball.
But Harris stole all the headlines -- and had the most yards rushing ever against an Army opponent. The record he broke belonged to Tony Dorsett (268). That huge performance overshadowed two other major developments: Matt Brown actually had the first two rushing touchdowns on the day before leaving with a strained left hamstring early in the second quarter. The Owls were clearly all right without him.
Plus, Juice Granger made his first career start and played extremely well -- finishing with 85 yards of his own. With the way Harris played, the passing game was totally irrelevant -- he had four pass attempts all day. Incredibly enough, Army had more -- with seven attempts from Trent Steelman.
Army had Steelman and Larry Dixon finish with more than 100 yards, but the story of the day was the way Temple absolutely manhandled Army on the offensive line. Temple finished with 534 yards rushing and averaged 9.4 yards per attempt. It was simply a dominating -- and historic day -- at West Point.