WEST POINT - Temple running back Montel Harris ran for 351 yards and seven touchdowns to overshadow a record-setting day for Army quarterback Trent Steelman as the Owls posted a 63-32 win, Saturday at Michie Stadium.
Harris established school records for rushing yards and scores as the Owls improved to 4-6. Temple ran for 534 yards and held a 30:53-29:07 advantage in time of possession.
Steelman, a senior captain, carried 20 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns for the Black Knights. He now has 1,152 yards rushing this season, eclipsing the mark of 1,078 set by Tory Crawford in 1986. Steelman also vaulted his career touchdown total to 44, passing Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis for the Academy record.
Army collected 407 yards on the ground as sophomore running back Larry Dixon gained 106 on nine carries and junior RB Raymond Maples posted 94 yards on 15 carries. Steelman completed 3-of-7 passes for 70 yards and freshman quarterback A.J. Schurr connected on an 18-yard strike to junior wide receiver Ejay Tucker.
Matt Brown, who left the game in the third quarter with an injury, spotted Temple to a 14-0 first-quarter lead. He rushed for a 12-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard opening drive and then bolted 36 yards to paydirt on the Owls’ next possession.
Army scored its first points early in the second quarter on a 12-play 83-yard drive. Steelman gained nine yards, Maples 12, Steelman 12 more and then later, 15 to keep the chains moving. Steelman carried the final three plays of the drive, including a seven-yard scoring burst to cut Temple’s advantage in half.
The Black Knights forced a Temple punt on the next possession and got without four when senior kicker Eric Osteen made a 37-yard field goal, the first of his career.
Temple quickly went back ahead by 11 when Harris burst for a 60-yard scoring run. Harris extended the Temple lead to 28-10 at halftime with a one-yard scoring run late in the half.
Army received the second-half kickoff and needed just over a minute to cover 73 yards. Dixon ran for seven, Maples 24, then Dixon 43 yards to set up a one-yard scoring run by Steelman. Maples ran in the two-point conversion and it was 28-18 Temple.
The first rushing touchdown of the second half for Harris came at 7:42 after an 11-play drive. Army again came back with a quick strike when Steelman rambled 56 yards for a touchdown. The PAT hit both the upright and crossbar and Temple led 35-24.
Senior running back Malcolm Brown scored the final Army touchdown, going around the edge for a three-yard scoring run after Steelman hit sophomore wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence for a 47-yard completion. Brown ran in the conversion.
Harris closed his career day with 37-yard and one-yard scoring runs.
Army will play Navy on December 8th in Philadelphia with the Commander in Chiefs Trophy on the line.