Tom Allen, Indiana get major shoutout from Kirk Herbstriet
The scene was crazy on the field in Bloomington on Saturday night as Indiana pulled off an exciting overtime upset of No. 8 Penn State.
After a successful, and controversial two-point conversion sealed the win for the Hoosiers, the celebration began, both on the field and into the locker room. Coach Tom Allen’s postgame speech culminated with a leap into a crowd of players.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit recognized the significance of the moment.
Tom Allen is proof the right culture matters. Been a LONGGGG time since IU was a winning program.
Can you remember the last time Hoosiers had back to back winning seasons? 1993-94. In his 4th year in Bloomington-Allen’s team won 8 last year-now big win over Penn St to start ‘20! https://t.co/9Cw5GgR90y
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 25, 2020
The party has been a long time coming, as Allen has a record of 6-9 in games decided by a touchdown or less since he took the helm as interim coach in the final game of the 2016 season.
Despite coming off their best season in 27 years, the ghosts of 2019 haunt the Hoosiers, living with the bitter 23-22 loss to Tennessee in last year’s Gator Bowl. The game ended with Indiana having become the first team in the 472 games last season to lose a game by two scores with less than five minutes to play.
“I kept coming back to the bowl game,” Allen said Saturday after Indiana toppled their first Top-10 team since 1987. “We’ve got to find a way to not let this happen again. That can just be crippling to you. When you think about all the things that happened and all the plays that had to be made, it was amazing.”
The Nittany Lions found the end zone on their overtime opening possession, and Hoosiers followed suit. Rather than kicking the extra point and extending the game to a second overtime, Indiana went for two and the win.
After Hoosier quarterback Michael Penix stretched the ball to the pylon just before touching down, a lengthy review by officials followed, which upheld the successful conversion and started the party.