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Sacking of Penn State nets Temple’s Tyler Matakevich a national honor

Five days later, here’s yet another reminder of Penn State’s embarrassing season-opening debacle.

The Chuck Bednarik Award Thursday afternoon announced that Tyler Matakevich has been named as its national player of the week. In the historic 27-10 win over the Nittany Lions, Matakevich was credited with three of the Owls’ 10 sacks of beleaguered quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

In addition to the sacks, Matakevich was part of a defense that limited a limp Nittany Lion offense to a measly 191 yards — 103 passing, 88 rushing.

The home upset was one of the record books as it served as the Owls’ first win over the Nittany Lions since 1941, a winless streak of 39 consecutive games. After a tie in the 1950 game, Penn State had won 31 straight games against Temple.

The game also marked the program’s first home win over a Power Five conference school since beating Kansas in 1942.