Jan. 9, 2007


Friends and fans of 52 different college football teams across the country had an opportunity to show their pride and passion and vote for their favorite team in this year’s Pontiac Game Changing Performance competition.

And, although the University of Iowa came up short last night – Auburn was announced as the winner of the $100,000 contribution to its general scholarship fund as a result of capturing the most votes since the four finalists were announced in late December – the UI and the Iowa Hawkeyes found their way into the homes of literally millions of friends and fans of college football during the past five weeks as a result of reaching the finals.

“It was a good run and one all fans of the Hawkeyes and friends of the University of Iowa should take great pride in. It’s only appropriate to take a moment and thank our fans again for their outstanding support” said Rick Klatt, the UI’s associate athletics director for external affairs.

Klatt said the UI held its own despite some serious obstacles.

“If you think in terms of demographics, we fared well considering the state of Alabama has roughly 1.5 million more residents than Iowa. Another measurement is the capacity of the stadiums our teams play in. We were No. 3 out of four,” he said.

The UI’s general scholarship fund was the recipient of a $5,000 contribution as a result of the Hawkeyes’ goal line stand that secured a double-overtime victory over Syracuse.

A handful of pictures from Iowa’s victory at Syracuse are including the first of three – “First Down” – photo galleries that will be available inside These “Best of 2006” collections are the work of Paul Montague, a UI staffer who donates his time and expertise to the University of Iowa and the Iowa Hawkeyes. You can enjoy Paul’s work by clicking HERE

Enjoy and thanks again!