Tom Allen Joins SportsCenter to Talk Indiana's Big Win Over Penn State

Allen talked about Indiana's big win, getting ready for Rutgers, the mentality of his program and Big Ten COVID-19 news on Wednesday when he joined SportsCenter.
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Tom Allen joined SportsCenter at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday to talk about Indiana's big win over Penn State this past Saturday.

Allen was asked about the crowd surfing he did in the locker room at the end of the game, as well as his decision to go for two in overtime.

Allen said the decision was made before the drive started, and he told his coaches to get a two-point play ready for if the Hoosiers scored.

"We've been so close so many times," Allen said.

So, the Hoosier coach wanted to go for the win, and it paid off.

Allen was also asked about handling all the attention the program has received after the win.

The word of the week for Indiana football is "focus" as they get set to take on 1-0 Rutgers on Saturday.

Allen said earmuffs and blinders is not only used for negative things, but for all the positive stuff as well. He wants his team focused in on the next task at hand.

Bloomington, usually known for its basketball, was a football town last weekend. Allen was asked what is Indiana football, and he said, "It's a program on the rise."

He said when he got here, he wanted to compete for Big Ten championships, and he thinks this team, as well as future teams, have what it takes to do so.

Lastly, Allen was asked about the most recent news in the Big Ten in regards to the Wisconsin-Nebraska game being canceled Saturday due to a COVID-19 outbreak on Wisconsin's team.

Allen said COVID-19 is a daily talking point with his team. He reminds them to be careful with who they hangout with and said everyone is making sacrifices so the Hoosiers can compete every week this season.

Indiana's matchup with Rutgers is at 3:30 p.m. eastern Saturday on Big Ten Network.

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