He finished the contest with a career-high 25 carries, career-high 3 touchdowns, 173 yards on the ground (so now six straight 100-yard games) and some SportsCenter Top 10-level explosive runs.
He seems to get better by the week, running more and more patient, explosive and decisive. The success of the offensive line has played a big role in the freshman’s emergence, though days like today also gave us numerous examples of how tough he is to bring down.
As today’s game went on, it was clear Northwestern had no business tackling Allen. Even in moments when the Wildcat defense had the freshman bottled up, Allen bounced off tackles on his way to productive gains.
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Allen said after the contest that Northwestern wasn’t that interested in tackling him today, something which was clear after his first couple carries.
“I think after my first couple carries honestly, I was like ‘these guys aren’t really trying to tackle, they’re kind of bouncing off me,'” Allen said. “I think by the end of the game it was the same thing. Start to finish they weren’t really interested in [tackling].”
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