Troy’s upset win over Missouri named as finalist

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Contributed Report

This week, Troy State University qualified as one of only five finalists among more than 400 universities nationwide in ESPN and “Pontiac’s Game Changing Performance” competition.

TSU earned the nomination in the second quarter of Thursday night’s game against Missouri when offensive lineman Junior Louissaint scooped up a fumble and ran it 60 yards for a touchdown to tie the game.

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The Trojans went on to upset Number 19 Missouri by a score of 24-14.

Now, NCAA fans will select the winner among the five colleges by visiting, viewing a video of each nominated play, and casting their votes for the play of their choice.

Voting occurs from Sunday morning through Thursday morning, 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 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.

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.