Rutgers has qualified as one of four finalists among more than 400 universities nationwide in ESPN and “Pontiac’s Game Changing Performance” Competition.
The Scarlet Knights earned the nomination in Saturday’s 19-14 victory over Michigan State as defensive end Ryan Neill returned a third quarter interception 31 yards for a touchdown that lifted RU to a 16-7 lead and helped propel the Knights to victory.
Rutgers fans are urged to log on to www.espn.com/pontiac and cast their vote for Rutgers. Voting continues until 10 a.m. est. on Thursday, September 9 with the winning university announced during the Pontiac High Performance Halftime Report on ESPN Thursday night.
Each week, the winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac Motor Division for their general scholarship fund.
“I am urging all Rutgers fans to log on and vote,” said Rutgers Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy. “You, our loyal fans, were tremendous in turning out in record numbers for the win over Michigan State. Logging on and voting for Rutgers in this competition is another vehicle that will show the nation that something special is building here at Rutgers.”
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.
Once fans enter the ESPN website, they can also enter a separate contest to
win weekly merchandise autographed by NCAA greats, plus ESPN prize packs…and
the chance to win the “Ultimate BCS Road Trip”, including six tickets
to the BCS Championship game, a new Pontiac G6 car and $6,000 in spending money.