Senior wide receiver Jeff Samardzija.

Notre Dame Eligible for Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year Award

Dec. 5, 2006

Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn completed three straight passes in the final 62 seconds of the game, including a game-winning 45-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jeff Samardzija for a stunning come-from-behind 20-17 victory over the UCLA Bruins. Notre Dame’s clutch play earned them a Pontiac Game Changing Performance.

You voted at and decided that this play was one of this season’s top game-changing performances with the greatest impact on the game, while helping your school earn a $5,000 scholarship contribution from Pontiac.

Now it’s up to Notre Dame fans to step up and be heard. Your school can walk away with the ultimate prize, being announced as the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year and earning an additional $100,000 dollar scholarship contribution.

Only your votes can make it happen. Each week you’ll vote at and each week the three schools with the lowest vote totals will be eliminated until the top four finalists are remaining on December 21st. Voting for the top four will take us to the BCS Championship game on January 8th, where the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year and winner of the one hundred thousand dollars will be announced during halftime on FOX.

Remember, you need to vote every week at to help your school advance, or you might hear someone else’s favorite school announced on January 8th.

“The ‘Pontiac Game Changing Performance’ program focuses on recognizing the most dramatic and emotional moments in NCAA athletic competition,” said Chris Hornberger, Pontiac Advertising Manager. “And with the help of NCAA Football and our network partners, Pontiac once again is helping fans experience the game as never before by encouraging teams, schools and their supporters to rally together to put their team on top.”

“The Pontiac Game Changing Performance Program is an example of how fan enthusiasm can be a factor in generating scholarship dollars for university-wide programs,” said Dennis Poppe, NCAA Managing Director for Baseball and Football.

“Pontiac has created a successful program that has a positive impact academically and athletically at our member schools. NCAA student-athletes get deserved recognition for their accomplishments and all students have an opportunity to benefit from the general scholarship fund, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Pontiac is a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the G6 sedan, coupe and retractable hardtop convertible, Solstice roadster, Torrent SUV, Grand Prix, and Vibe. New for the 2007 model year, Pontiac is introducing the turbocharged Solstice GXP roadster and G5 sports coupe. Pontiac sold more than 437,000 vehicles in 2005, ranking third among GM divisions in total sales. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found on the division’s website at and in Spanish at

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 360,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 49,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Championships in Division I, II and III sports. For more information, go to