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Montel Harris: New rushing record is ‘second on my list’ of priorities

10.01.11 at 5:52 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — As he sat in the trainer’s room, getting his banged up left knee treated, Montel Harris downplayed his record-setting day at the Heights on Saturday.

With a 26-yard run off the left side in the fourth quarter, Harris passed Derrick Knight for first place in all-time rushing yards at Boston College. No one in an Eagles uniform has ever rushed for more in their time in Chestnut Hill.

“In the moment, breaking the record falls second on my list,” Harris said in a statement after getting treatment on his knee. “We work hard every week to get a win and we came up short this time. I’m sure I’ll look back on the end of the season and view this as a huge accomplishment. Right now, I’m trying to help our team get the season going in the right direction with some wins.”

Harris’ appeared to do just that when his run set up Boston College’s first – and only – touchdown of the day, as Chase Rettig found a wide-open Alex Amidon in the end zone to cut the Wake Forest lead to 24-16.

But BC failed in its next two possessions and came out with its fourth loss in five games to start the 2011 season.

Harris said after the game he did get a chance to meet Knight recently, the man he passed on the way to a new record. Knight had 3,725 yards from 2000-03 while Harris now has 3,735 with seven games still remaining in the regular season.

“I met him for the first time in the training room the other day,” Harris explained. “He asked me if I was ready to break the record. I told him, ‘Yes, I’m ready.’ After we talked a little bit, he said, ‘Hi, I’m Derrick Knight. Nice to meet you.’ That was my first experience meeting him.”

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