Allen, Morton and Schneider selected to 2008 Cactus Bowl

Allen, Morton and Schneider selected to 2008 Cactus Bowl
The University of South Dakota football team's Amos Allen, Christian Morton and Tim Schneider have all been selected to play in the 2008 Cactus Bowl, which will take place on Jan. 11, 2008, in Kingsville, TX.

The Cactus Bowl is played in an East/West format and the teams are comprised entirely of the 'best of the best' NCAA Division II college seniors.

All three players played a vital role in the Coyotes' outstanding season on offense. All three players were named to the Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-Northwest Region Football team and the All-NCC team. Allen and Morton were named first team to both squads while Schneider was a second team selection to both teams.

In his only season at USD, Allen (Sr., Miami, FL) left a lasting impression on the program. In the team's season finale against North Dakota, he set the Coyote single game record by rushing for 306 yards on 32 carries while also scoring two touchdowns. He broke the record which was set by Stefan Logan who ran for 295 yards against Truman State in 2005.

The performance marked the fourth time this season Allen ran for 200 or more yards in a game. The 306 yards rushing also helped Allen break USD's single season rushing record. He finished the season with 1,961 rushing yards, surpassing Jamel White's 1999 total of 1,796 yards.

In addition to the records that were broke, the performance also gave Allen the regular season rushing title in NCAA Division II. He edged out Shepherd's Dervon Wallace by nine yards for the title. For the season, Allen finished with 17 touchdowns (15 rushing, 2 receiving), 102 points and 2,137 all purpose yards, all of which rank high in USD single season history. Allen's 17 total touchdowns are tied for the third most, his 15 rushing touchdowns are the third and his 2,137 all purpose yards are the fourth most in single season history.

Thanks to the performances by Morton (Sr., Norfolk, NE) and Schneider (Sr., Adams, MN) on the offensive line, the USD offense was able to rank as one of the best units in the nation. The Coyotes finished the regular season as the ninth-ranked team in total offense (496.2 ypg), eighth in rushing (263.5 ypg) and 41st in scoring offense (31.4 ppg) in NCAA Division II. Additionally, USD allowed just 16 sacks on the season, which ranked them 35th in the nation. Morton finished the season without allowing a sack, while Schneider allowed just two.

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