Jeff Samardzija nabbed two touchdown passes against UCLA, the first is pictured here. He also caught the game-winner in the finals seconds from Brady Quinn - a play that is nominated for this week's "Pontiac Game-Changing Performance."

Quinn/Samardzija Pass A Nominee For The "Pontiac Game Changing Performance"

Oct. 23, 2006

Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn completed three straight passes in the final 62 seconds of the game, including a game-winning 45-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Samardzija for a stunning come-from-behind 20-17 victory over UCLA. Notre Dame’s clutch play earned them a “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” nomination and keeps the BCS ambitions of the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish alive.

Now it’s up to Notre Dame fans to determine if the Fighting Irish earned the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” for the eighth week of the 2006 NCAA Football Season. ND fans can go to, where they can view video clips of the four finalists and vote for their favorite play. Voting begins on Sunday morning and ends at midnight on Wednesday. ESPN will announce this week’s “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” winner, on Thursday night, during the Pontiac Performance Halftime Report.

The winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to their general scholarship fund. Additionally, the winning play will be nominated for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year” in December. Pontiac will provide a $100,000 scholarship to the school selected by the fans as the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year”.

New to this year’s program is that, each week one lucky individual who visits, will also win a $5,000 scholarship for them self or their family. In total, Pontiac will provide over $200,000 worth of scholarships to universities and individuals throughout the season.

For full program details, visit

Notre Dame has been a nominee for the award earlier this season. In week four, Terrail Lambert’s game-winning interception return for a touchdown to cap the team’s comeback over Michigan State was nominated, but lost out to a NC State touchdown pass in the final seconds.