December 10, 2009

The triple option

Anthony Allen has been a key option in Tech's vaunted rushing attack this season. He is a versatile player as evidenced by his ranking third on the team with 597 rushing yards and fourth on the team with 112 receiving yards. Allen has also proven to be one of the more explosive running backs in the offense by leading all backs on the team with 9.8 yards per carry.

Allen and his teammates will try to put an exclamation point on a story book season by capping it off with an Orange Bowl win. They gained admission to the BCS bowl by winning the ACC Championship in dramatic fashion with a fourth quarter comeback against Clemson. The thrilling victory provided plenty of excitement and was a means for celebration for all of the Tech fans that made the trip to Tampa.

"The ACC Championship was number one on our goal board for a reason," he said. "We worked so had this offseason and this summer and this was a big accomplishment for us. We celebrated in the locker room and had some fun when we got back home. It was like Déjà vu for me because this happened once before while I was at Louisville. It was a good feeling to see all of my teammates happy and all the fans that were there. The oranges were a little bitter, but that's ok."

The oranges may have been bitter, but Allen had a pretty sweet experience in the 2007 Orange Bowl against Wake Forest. He scored two touchdowns and guided the Cardinals to a 24-13 victory over the Demon Deacons. Louisville was ranked fifth in the nation at the time and used the victory as a springboard to a high pre-season ranking for the following season.

Allen understands the importance of the bowl game and the potential impact that it can have on Tech's program moving forward. He stated, "This game is real big. The school hasn't won a BCS bowl game since it came into existence. Tech hasn't won the Orange Bowl since 1952. It shows that we are making strides in the football program to get to the next level on the national championship scene. We are looking to be consistently good from year to year rather than having fall off years. There will be high expectations next season for the coaches and the players. It's a good thing because it will motivate us to work harder in the offseason in order to live up to those expectations."

The ninth ranked Jackets will square off against the tenth ranked Hawkeyes in a match up between top 10 BCS teams. Iowa boasts one of the best defenses in the country led by four First Team All-Big 10 selections. They were tenth in the nation by allowing only 15.5 points per game and 11th overall in total defense by yielding only 286.7 yards per game.

Allen talked about his first reaction to Iowa being chosen as their opponent in the Orange Bowl. According to him, "When I saw that Iowa was selected I immediately thought about their defense. I remember watching them beat Penn State earlier this year. I think that it is going to be a good game and I know that our fans travel so it's going to be interesting."

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