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ISU bowl trip a family affair for the Allens

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ORLANDO (KWWL) -- Football is in Chase Allen's blood. The Iowa State junior tight end comes from a family of a athletes.

His brother Alex a freshman tight end at UNI, sister Angie rowed at Kansas, but it was obviously his dad, former UNI coach Terry that got his football career rolling.

"I would not be here without him," Chase said as Iowa State gets set to face Notre Dame on Saturday, "I'd probably be playing basketball at some division 2 school right now."

Instead, along with Charlie Kolar, he's part of one of the best tight end tandems in the country this season, and for dad that's been fun to see.

"For me it's been refreshing as a coach to watch what coach Campbell has done and Chase it a reflection of that," said Terry.

Now retired from coaching, Terry Allen's had more chances to see both his sons, they even met up on opposite sides for the first time in September when ISU pulled off an overtime win over the upset-minded Panthers. While Alex is behind his brother this week, his UNI Panther shirt wasn't going to come off.

"I'm supporting him," said Alex, "but I've got to wear my Panther stuff just to let everyone know."

Despite that, Alex still loves watching his brother on Saturdays when he's not playing, and it's all a bit nostalgic for him, Terry, mom Lynn, and Angie after spending 4 years in Ames while Coach Allen assisted then-head coach Dan McCarney.

"It's been awesome. It feels like home and I enjoy going back to games," said Angie.

For Terry, one of the best parts of being out of coaching means now he can say what he wants, and that included a prediction for Saturday.

"That's right. I don't have to do the Coach talk. Iowa State's going to go out there and kick their butt."

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Mark Woodley

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