Allen powered Cards to victory; Sets record

Anthony Allen was ready for a rest. He finally got one late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game between the University of Louisville and Middle Tennessee State after rushing for a school-record 275 yards in the Cardinals 58-42 victory.

Anthony Allen was ready for a rest.

He finally got one late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game between the University of Louisville and Middle Tennessee State after rushing for a school-record 275 yards in the Cardinals 58-42 victory.

"Of course I am tired and sore,"said Allen, the sophomore running back who broke Nathan Poole's 29-year-old single-game record of 269 rushing yards.

That was no surprise to anyone who had watched the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Allen churn out yard after yard, on 35 tough carries, against the Blue Raiders.

"He is tough, he's tough to bring down," UofL senior quarterback Brian Brohm said. "He was wearing them down and I think by the fourth quarter they were tired of tackling him. He is a big back and he wears on you throughout the game. And in the fourth quarter he is going to pound them."

Early in the game, though, the Cards went to the air early, often and very successfully. Louisville's first two TDs were on long pass plays from Brohm to Gary Barnidge for 81 yards and Brohm to Mario Urrutia for 71 yards. But the Blue Raiders hung tough and were down only three points, 31-28, early in the second quarter.

That's when the Cards began concentrating on their ground attack, and slowing down the pace of the game. Led by Allen, Louisville went on a clock-eating 15 play, 82-yard drive that lasted 7:02. Allen, who rushed seven times for 28 yards on the drive, capped it off with a 1-yard TD dive. That pushed UofL's lead to 38-28.

Allen had 110 yards on 18 carries at halftime and only added to that in the second half.


Anthony Allen broke Nathan Poole's
29 year old school rushing record
Thursday night with 275 yards
against MTSU.(AP)
"He played really well for us tonight and I thought he was strong between the tackles," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "He did a good job of getting the ball outside when we had the edges. He really played as good as I've seen him play from the standpoint of running behind his pads and coming out of the back of some of those piles. And he had some big carries on third downs."

Allen emerged last year, scoring a team-high 14 touchdowns as a true freshman who filled in after Michael Bush was lost to a broken leg. Coming into this season some thought that he would split carries with junior George Stripling. And even though Stripling had 14 carries to Allen's seven in UofL's season-opening win over Murray State , Thursday night Allen established himself as a feature-back workhorse against the Blue Raiders.

After Middle Tennessee scored to cut the Cards lead to 41-35, then missed a field goal that would've trimmed the lead to three midway through the third quarter, Louisville went back to Allen. On first-and-10 from the Cards 29 Allen broke around the right side for an 18-yard gain. Then after Brohm connected with Harry Douglas for 28 yards to the Blue Raiders' 25 Allen rushed for three yards to set up another Brohm to Urrutia TD.

Then in the fourth quarter, right after Middle Tennessee had scored to cut UofL's lead to 51-42, Allen carried four times in an eight-play 79-yard scoring drive. His 48-yard run on third-and-2 from the Louisville 41 eventually set up another Brohm to Douglas TD.

"In practice we have to be in good condition so in case (they score) again we can come in and carry the load,"Allen said.

The Cards went back to Allen late in the game as they ran out the clock. With Louisville starting at its own 7 with 7:08 to play Allen rushed four straight times. Stripling came in for two runs in relief before Allen returned for gains of 9 and 8 yards to break the record that Poole had set Nov. 4, 1978, almost 10 years before Allen was born, against Wichita State .

"It hasn't sunk in yet,"Allen said of the accomplishment.

After his record-breaking run Allen went to the sideline, for a rest.


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