Football Players Bury Temple Game Tape Under Practice Field
Many Penn State fans were embarrassed by the play of their football team against Temple.
The players had the same feeling. They were so disgusted by the contents of that tape that they believed that it didn’t deserve to be surfaced anymore. So senior safety Jordan Lucas and others took a shovel and tried their best to put the 27-10 loss to Temple behind them — or under them.
The day after the Temple game, the team had its normal Sunday practice. The tough loss left many of the teammates discouraged, so after the practice was over, the captains got the team together to put this game behind them.
“Coming off of a very tough loss, one thing that the captains did was we brought everyone up after the coaches got off the field and we buried the tape,” Lucas said on Tuesday. “We actually buried the tape with a shovel on the practice field. Right where we walked out, we buried it.”
Lucas explained that the team needed to do this to bring closure for the players and to help them move forward from a loss like this one.
“I think that it was something that we needed to do to get moving forward,” Lucas said. “To get us that positive energy back and to have a little fun with it, so we buried it. Temple is over, and we’re on to Buffalo.”
It wasn’t just Lucas and the captains who had something to do with the burial. Other players got their chance to put the game behind them during the process.
“It was too many players for everyone to get a piece of the dirt,” Lucas said. “Guys like Brian Gaia, Saeed [Blacknall] stomped on it a couple of times, and a couple of different guys were a part of the digging process. We tried to make it fun and have positive energy around it.”
It’s obvious that the Temple loss was a detrimental one to the players and fans of Penn State. This Nittany Lions team was heavily favored and came up way shorter than people could’ve expected. The way in which the players responded with the game tape is just proof that this team is getting over the way they played against Temple. The Nittany Lions want to move forward and they are doing so by putting the game tape “6-feet deep” under their own practice field.
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The Penn State episode will air Wednesday, October 9 at 10 p.m. and follow the team’s preparation for its Homecoming game against Purdue the previous weekend.
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