Oct. 21, 2007
Alterraun Verner is a candidate for Player of the Week and his game-clinching interception against California is in the running for last week's game-changing performance.
In another day full of incredible upsets UCLA delivered perhaps the most exciting one, in a 30-21 win over the 12th-ranked Bears of California. With the Bears driving for a possible go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, Verner stepped in front a pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown to cement the win and a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination.
Now it is up to UCLA fans to determine if the Bruins will earn a "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" for the eighth week of the 2007 NCAA® Football Season. True Blue and Gold fans can go to pontiac.com/ncaa, where they can view video clips of the four finalists and vote for their favorite play. Voting begins on Sunday morning and ends at midnight on Wednesday. ESPN will announce this week's "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" winner, on Thursday night, during the Pontiac Performance Halftime Report.
The winning university earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to their general scholarship fund. Additionally, the winning play will be nominated for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year" and the chance to win a $100,000 General Scholarship from Pontiac.
Verner is one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, and now it's up to the fans to determine the winner. Verner joins Tulane University running back Matt Forte, University of Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall and University of Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart on the ballot list, which was selected by ESPN based on the players' outstanding performances during the week. Fans can determine the winner by text messaging VOTE to 87654 on their wireless phone.
Verner posted two tackles for loss with two interceptions including a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Bruins' 30-21 win over No. 12 Cal. Forte set a Conference USA record with 342 yards on 38 attempts with five touchdowns in the Green Wave's 41-34 overtime win over SMU. He scored the winning touchdown. Hall had 13 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns in their 41-17 upset over Tennessee. Stewart rushed 32 times for a career-high 251 yards and two touchdowns in the Duck's 55-34 win over Washington.
Fans have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced Oct. 25 during Thursday's ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee's college football game between Boston College and Virginia Tech. There is no limit on fan voting, and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2008 BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, La.