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Nov. 14, 2005

Columbia, S.C. – This week, the Gamecocks have qualified as one of four finalists among more than 400 universities nationwide for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” competition on ESPN.

Sidney Rice spun free from two defenders on a short pass from Blake Mitchell to gain 64 yards to Florida’s 1. This play made South Carolina a nominee for the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance” of the Week.

Now, NCAA® fans will select the winner among the four colleges by visiting, viewing a video of each play, and casting their votes for the play of their choice. Voting occurs from Sunday morning through Wednesday night, with the winning university announced during the Pontiac 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.

For full program details, visit or see attached program press release.