Nov. 7, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio -
Senior running back Donte Harden
was named Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week on Monday. Harden's weekly award marked the eighth time this season an Ohio player has been honored.
Harden had a career day this past Wednesday as he helped the Ohio Bobcats to pick up a critical 35-31 victory over Temple. The win moved Ohio into first place in the Mid-American Conference East standings. Harden finished the night with a school-record 322 all-purpose yards (184 rushing, 75 receiving and 63 return yards) and scored a pair of touchdowns.
The Erie, Pa. native's 184 yards rushing was also a career-best. His 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the Bobcats' longest scoring touchdown this season. Since returning from an injury on Oct. 8, Harden has racked up 481 yards rushing and has scored four touchdowns.
Ohio returns to action on Thursday as it heads to Central Michigan. The game is set to air on ESPNU. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.