The last time Penn State felt this gut-wrenching pain was 10 months ago and 2,240 miles away in Pasadena, Calif. The only difference was, at the Rose Bowl, a devastating three-point loss ended the Nittany Lions’ magical 2016 season.

The No. 2 Nittany Lions fell in stunning fashion to No. 6 Ohio State, 39-38, and even after collapsing in the fourth quarter – even with misery written on their faces – Penn State possessed an undertone of hope.

The Nittany Lions are determined to not let 39-38 define their season.

Now, it’s just a matter of how the Nittany Lions rebound, how they mentally pull themselves up off the floor and approach next week’s game at Michigan State and the contests after that.

The leader of Penn State’s offense believes a loss like this will give Penn State “Extra motivation.” It’ll give the Nittany Lions something to correct, something to strive to fix.

Penn State is still driving toward a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.