PISCATAWAY, NJ – The 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive end Ryan Neill (Wayne Hills, NJ) in last Saturday’s 19-14 win over Michigan State has been selected as the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week by a vote through espn.com.
With Rutgers leading 9-7, Neill intercepted a pass from MSU quarterback Damon Dowdell with just over five minutes left in the third quarter and ran 31 yards for his first collegiate score, increasing the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 16-7.
Pontiac has donated $5,000 to Rutgers’ general scholarship fund in recognition of Neill’s performance.
“I want to personally thank everyone who voted for this award and recognized the impact of this play,” said Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy. “This type of support once again shows people nationwide the type of support our fans are providing.”
Prior to the start of the season, Pontiac introduced the first-ever fan-voted scholarship award program in the history of the NCAA. The Pontiac Game Changing Performance feature will recognize a dramatic moment each week that ends up changing the outcome of a game, or perhaps defines a season.
“The Pontiac Game Changing Performance scholarship award program will focus on plays that vividly show the most incredible, spine-tingling moments that exemplify the emotion and intensity of NCAA sports,” said Dino Bernacchi, Pontiac advertising manager. “The connection to Pontiac as the performance division of GM is clear.”
Nominations will be reviewed on ESPN each weekend by on air talent such as Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit, and nominated plays can be voted on Sunday morning through Wednesday at espn.com/pontiac.