After losing to Temple and looking a lot like a Pop Warner team in this past Saturday’s season opener, the Penn State Nittany Lions did the one thing they could do as a team to move on from such a loss: literally bury the tape and hope that it doesn’t rise up to haunt them again.
Safety Jordan Lucas confirmed this to ESPN’s Josh Moyer, who shared the humorous tidbit on Twitter.
Penn State safety Jordan Lucas says the team literally buried the Temple tape on the practice field — like, with a shovel.
— Josh Moyer (@ByJoshMoyer) September 8, 2015
For those who missed Penn State’s season opener last weekend, it was BAD. The team lost to Temple 27-10 and managed just 180 total yards. The offense could not get it going and the defense looked sluggish. Much in part due to a shaky offensive line, quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed just 11 of 25 pass attempts for 103 yards and an interception.
Thus, burying the tape seemed perfectly logical.
As funny as the story is, however, Penn State’s loss is no laughing matter. The team is in a position to truly make some noise in the Big Ten this season and in the future, and refusing to stare a bad loss in the face and learn from it won’t improve the team. If anything, it will make it worse.
To add insult to injury, the university will probably have to add extra security around the practice field so that some fans and/or students don’t try and uncover the tape.
Either way, the Nittany Lions have a lot of adjustments to make before Saturday’s game at home against the MAC’s Buffalo Bulls.
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