MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Mark Harrison is a sophomore at Rutgers University and, as such, will grab a controller every now and then and play some video games.
Sometimes it's college football he plays and on rare occasions he'll be the Scarlet Knights and try to light up the scoreboard with his digital likeness.
Never, though, has the video version of Harrison caught 10 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
"Can't say that I have," Harrison said. "I can't say I've ever played a video game and had that type of game before."
On Nov. 20, though, Harrison grabbed his helmet and shoulder pads, went out onto the field at Cincinnati and caught 10 passes from freshman quarterback Chas Dodd, tied a school and Big East record with four touchdowns and recorded the second-highest receiving yardage total in Rutgers history and third-highest total in conference history with 240.
The Bearcats won the game 69-38 in the Big East's highest-scoring game in history, one that featured 1,052 yards of offense. Afterward, Rutgers cornerback David Rowe regretted "video game numbers." Harrison regretted the stats coming in defeat, the fourth of five in a row for the Scarlet Knights.
"It was a long week in practice," Harrison said. "The coaches were working with me the whole week on technique and I was trying to do the little things to get myself open. I listened to them about everything and came out really focused. Something took over me, though, and I got open every time and Chas did a great job delivering me the ball. All I had to do was make the catches."
Harrison, who followed that game with six receptions and 82 yards in last week's 40-13 loss to Louisville, knows it won't come as easy Saturday. Rutgers (4-7, 1-5 Big East) plays No. 23 West Virginia (8-3, 4-2) in Saturday's noon ABC telecast game at Mountaineer Field.
The Mountaineers rank No. 11 nationally in pass defense and are not to be confused with the Bearcats.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Harrison has 41 receptions for a team-high 763 yards and eight touchdowns. He's No. 3 in the Big East with 69.4 yards per game, No. 2 in receiving touchdowns and No. 1 with 18.6 yards per reception.
"Mark's really improved," Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano said. "We've talked a couple times over the course of the season and I think he's made maybe the biggest improvement on our football team this year and we need him to continue to play at this level. He's slowly becoming a go-to guy because you do see so much development in him as a true sophomore."