Saturday was an emotional afternoon for Indiana head coach Tom Allen. For the first time in 25 years, the Hoosiers clinched a postseason appearance before the calendar struck November.

Indiana improved to 6-2 on the year with a 38-31 win over Nebraska, securing bowl eligible for the first time since the 2016 season. It was the first time since 1993 the Hoosiers had guaranteed a bid so early in the year.

After the game, Allen was emotional in an on-field interview with BTN’s Rick Pizzo, saying how much he loved his team. That carried over into the postgame press conference, where he emotionally and passionately urged Hoosier fans to fill Memorial Stadium for next week’s home game against Northwestern.

Indiana will have a chance to improve to 7-2 on the year. Below is Allen’s statement to the fans:

Indiana still has Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan and Purdue on the schedule. There’s an excellent chance for this team to get to at least eight wins, and could potentially get to nine in the regular season with an upset, as well.

Should that happen and Indiana wins its bowl game, it could be a 10-win year in Bloomington.

There’s a lot to celebrate for the Hoosiers right now. Allen wants that support in Memorial Stadium next weekend.