Indiana got an emotionally charged 36-35 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Saturday. The game went into overtime, and it took an epic two-point conversion to give the Hoosiers their first win over a top ten team since 1987. It was incredible to watch.
It is crazy to think that it almost didn’t happen, though. We almost didn’t get to witness one of the greatest college football games in Indiana’s history. Why? Because football in the Big Ten almost didn’t happen. It took a fight from players, coaches, parents, fans and several others.
Even the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, had to get involved at one point. And our very own Clay Travis was a major driving force in brokering the talks between the president and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren.
With the help of many, Big Ten football came back, and it started this weekend. Wisconsin and Illinois got things underway on Friday night, but Saturday is where the real fun began. Indiana’s upset over the Nittany Lions was a major part of that.
It has certainly been an emotional day, especially for those directly involved with those programs. Those same players, coaches, parents and fans. It means something to them. And we were reminded of that on Saturday when a video was released of the Hoosier locker room following the victory.
Head coach Tom Allen is seen addressing his team. A team that he has struggled over the last several months due to the uncertainty with COVID-19. His words
“This [the team] is a special thing, guys,” Allen mumbled while being overcome with emotion. “You guys are a special group.”
One of Allen’s players can be heard in the background saying “we love you coach” before the rest of the locker room erupts with cheers. Several other players were heard sharing in on the emotion and confirming how much their coach means to them.
It is a special moment for everyone involved. And it is cool that someone captured the moment. Check it out for yourself below.
The coronabros in sports media didn’t want this to happen this fall. Enjoy. pic.twitter.com/BfRIXVHvSN
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 25, 2020
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