RICHARDSON?S INTERCEPTION TO CLINCH UPSET OF NO. 1 LSU IS PONTIAC GAME CHANGING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
|Razorback Fans: Vote for this week’s Pontiac Game Changing Performance – almost $200,000 is on the line.|
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ Matterral Richardson’s interception of quarterback Matt Flynn on a two-point conversion in the third overtime of the Razorbacks’ 50-48 upset of the No. 1 LSU Tigers has been named the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week.
The official announcement of the award was made at halftime of the Rutgers-Louisville game on ESPN on Thursday night. The game-ending play by the Razorback senior earned 38 percent of an online vote to outdistance the final defensive stand by Tennessee in its four-overtime win at Kentucky (27 percent), a touchdown pass by Chase Daniel in Missouri’s win over Kansas (18 percent) and a touchdown pass late in the first half in Virginia Tech’s win over Virginia (17 percent).
As the winning university, Arkansas earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to its general scholarship fund. Richardson’s defensive play will now be added to the list of nominees for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year with the possibility of winning a $100,000 General Scholarship for the University of Arkansas from Pontiac.
After 13 weeks of the 2007 regular season, the universities selected each week by fan voting will vie for the Performance of the Year title and the scholarship contribution.
The 2007 Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year finalists are:
Week 1: Appalachian State University
Week 2: Penn State University
Week 3: University of Alabama
Week 4: Louisiana State University
Week 5: Auburn University
Week 6: Stanford University
Week 7: University of Kentucky
Week 8: Louisiana State University
Week 9: Trinity University
Week 10: Louisiana State University
Week 11: Mississippi State University
Week 12: Indiana University
Week 13: University of Arkansas
It is up to the fans to determine which university will receive the $100,000 scholarship by voting at pontiac.com/ncaa. Each week the three plays that receive the lowest total votes will be eliminated until the top four finalists are announced December 20.
Voting for the top four performances will continue until the BCS Championship game on January 7, where the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year and the winner of the scholarship will be announced on FOX.
In addition, for the next five weeks one lucky individual, who visits pontiac.com/ncaa, will win a $15,000 scholarship for them self or their family. In total, Pontiac will provide $300,000 worth of scholarships to universities and individuals throughout the season.
To vote and get full program details, visit www.pontiac.com/ncaa.