Fuller a Finalist for Award on ESPN
October 4, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Vincent Fuller (Baltimore, Md.) of the Virginia Tech football team has been selected as one of four finalists for this week's "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" award on ESPN.

As a result, the university is eligible to win up to $105,000 in scholarship awards. From now through Thursday morning, fans can view all four of our final nominations and vote on their favorite play at espn.com/pontiac.

The play that prevails this week gets more than bragging rights, but would also earn $5,000 toward the general scholarship fund donated in the name of the winner and the winning play may be nominated for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year" competition.

Fuller is nominated for his play during the game versus non-conference foe West Virginia on Oct. 2. Senior defensive tackle Jim Davis (Highland Springs, Va.) blocked Mountaineer kicker Brad Cooper's 40-yard field goal attempt for his second of the season, and Fuller, who caused a fumble earlier in the game, scooped up the ball and went 74 yards for the touchdown to help Tech to a 13-0 halftime lead. It was Tech's only TD of the day in a 19-13 upset of the sixth-ranked Mountaineers.

At year's end, six of the 13 "Pontiac Game Changing Performances" will be selected by ESPN for this final award. And the play selected in fan voting as the best of the year will earn a $100,000 general scholarship fund contribution from Pontiac. If Tech win the "best of the best" voting competition, Virginia Tech would earn another $100,000.

With the kickoff of the 2004 college football season, Pontiac has introduced the first-ever fan-voted scholarship award program in the history of the NCAA. The Pontiac Game Changing Performance feature will recognize that dramatic moment which occurs in almost every competition, that ends up changing the outcome of a game, and perhaps defining a season.

Each week, fans can go online, view the nominated plays, and vote for their favorite Game Changing Performance. The play selected by the fans will generate a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to that school's general scholarship fund. Additionally, the play becomes eligible for inclusion in voting at the end of the season to determine the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year. The play of the year, selected in fan voting during the month of December, will result in a $100,000 general scholarship fund contribution from Pontiac to the winning NCAA institution.

Nominations will be reviewed on ESPN each weekend by on air talent such as Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, and nominated plays can be voted on Sunday morning through Wednesday at espn.com/pontiac. Each week's winning performance will be announced during the Pontiac High Performance Halftime Report on ESPN Thursday night games.

Full program details can be reviewed on espn.com/pontiac.