Lessons learned from heartbreaker in Columbus

Penn State learning lessons from heartbreaker in Columbus (Penn State photo)

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A one-point heartbreaker in Columbus can factor into Penn State's season moving forward in many ways. It may have made their path to a College Football Playoff more difficult, but it also serves a painful lesson for the team.

"We have to develop a finisher's mentality. That's coaches, that's players, that's everybody. We've got to learn from these situations," head coach James Franklin said.

While the loss to No. 6 Ohio State highlighted areas of weakness for Penn State, particularly in the run game, the Nittany Lions are set on not letting this loss turn into another.

"We got a resilient group of guys with tremendous character and heart and belief in themselves and belief in what we're doing," Franklin said.

Confidence that was echoed by the team in an all-players meeting the Sunday following the loss.

"I think the best thing about this team is we're very aware of what we're capable of. We're very aware of our potential and how good we can be," senior linebacker Jason Cabinda said. "I think that's the reason we're not really losing any confidence. I think it's more feeling as though we just didn't play our best football. It's more disappointing really than anything."

Penn State will look to bounce back this week in East Lansing as they face another team who endured their first conference loss last weekend, Michigan State.

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