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Sept. 22, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - One of the primary catalysts in Penn State's 45-3 thumping of Temple on Saturday has earned his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
Sophomore linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) was honored by the conference after recording career-highs with 11 tackles (eight solo), five tackles for minus-17 yards, three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in the convincing win over the Owls. Bowman shares the honor with Northwestern's Vince Browne.
Bowman returned the interception 29 yards deep into Temple territory.
Bowman led a defensive charge that limited Temple to 10 first downs, 16 rushing yards on 28 carries (0.6) and 138 yards of total offense. The Nittany Lions recorded a season-high seven sacks and 12 minus-yardage plays. The Owls were 2 of 15 on third down conversions.
For the season, Bowman leads the Lions with 35 tackles (20 solo). He is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in tackles, tied for third in sacks and eighth in tackles for losses.
Coach Joe Paterno's squad is 4-0 and ranked No. 12. Penn State begins its 16th season of Big Ten competition on Saturday, hosting No. 21 Illinois at 8:00 p.m. The contest will air on ABC, the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
An all-stadium white out has been declared for the Illinois game and all fans are encouraged to wear white. The Saturday forecast at this time calls for mostly sunny conditions, with a high in the low 70's and temperatures in the 60's during the game.
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