Indiana's upset of Penn State lands Tom Allen national honor
After leading the Huskers to their first win over an AP top-10 ranked opponent in 42 chances – a 36-35 victory over Penn State – Nebraska head coach Tom Allen has been named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced Tuesday.
Tom Allen named Dodd Trophy coach of the week by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) October 27, 2020
The Hoosiers win over Penn State on Saturday was decided on a gutsy, two-point conversion in overtime that easily could have been overturned.
After a Penn State mental error gave Indiana the opportunity to tie up the game with just under two minutes left, Hoosier quarterback Michael Penix orchestrated a game-tying drive to leave the teams knotted after regulation.
Both teams scored touchdowns in overtime, with Penn State scoring first. After Indiana’s TD, Allen opted to go for the two points and the win. Penix dove for the pylon on the conversion and the ball appeared to hit the ground just inches away from the goal line. The play was ruled a score on the field, and it stood after a review that lasted nearly four minutes.
It was a historic victory for Indiana, which had lost 42 straight games to top-10 opponents, the longest streak ever in the Big Ten and second-longest active streak in the nation behind Wake Forest. Furthermore, they hadn’t beaten a top-10 teams since beating No. 9 Ohio State in 1987, and it was their first win in Bloomington over a top-10 team since beating No. 3 Purdue in 1967.