Vote for the "D" and the Hawkeyes!

Sept. 10, 2006

The stellar goal line defense in their double overtime victory over Syracuse Saturday in the Carrier Dome has earned the nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes a nomination for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” in Week Two of the 2006 college football season.

Iowa kept Syracuse out of the end zone on seven consecutive plays from the two-yard line as the Orange tried to match the one-yard touchdown run by Albert Young in the Hawkeyes’ possession in the second overtime session.

Now, it’s up to the fans of the Hawkeyes to determine if Iowa and its stout defense earned the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” award.

Fans can visit where they can view video clips of the four finalists and vote – of course – for the Hawkeyes. Voting began this morning and continues to midnight Wednesday. ESPN will announce this week’s “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” winner on Thursday night during the Pontiac Performance Halftime Report.

Pontiac will donate $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the team that receives the most votes. Additionally, the winning play will be a nominee for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year.” Voting for that award will occur 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 the opportunity for one lucky fan who visits the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship for their use or use by a member of their immediate family.

In total, Pontiac will provide over $200,000 worth of scholarships to universities and individuals throughout the season. For full program details, visit