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Oct. 17, 2005

This week, Ohio State has qualified as one of four finalists among more than 400 universities nationwide for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” competition on ESPN.

During Saturday’s Ohio State/Michigan State game, the Buckeyes blocked a Spartan field goal attempt, returning the ball for a touchdown. This play is nominated for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” of the Week.

Now, NCAA fans will select the winner among the four colleges by visiting www.pontiac.com/ncaa, viewing a video of each play, and casting their votes for the play of their choice. Voting occurs from Sunday morning through Wednesday night, with the winning university announced during the Pontiac Performance Halftime Report on ESPN Thursday night.

Each week, the winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac for their general scholarship fund. Additionally, the winning play may be nominated for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year” competition in December. The play selected in fan voting as the best of the year will earn an additional $100,000 general scholarship fund contribution from Pontiac to the winning NCAA institution. The key is – fans need to get online and vote! By the end of the season, Pontiac, a leading sponsor of the NCAA sporting events and collegiate athletics will have contributed nearly $200,000 to NCAA institutions.

For full program details, visit www.pontiac.com/ncaa.