McKnight, Trojans Earn Pontiac Nomination

Oct. 15, 2007

In an impressive defensive performance that saw 10th-ranked USC hold Arizona to 22 total yards rushing and recover three fumbles, it was a special teams play that put the Trojans in a position to win the game. Halfway through the fourth quarter, USC freshman running back Joe McKnight returned an Arizona punt 45 yards to set up the game-winning touchdown, spoiling any hopes of an Arizona upset and earning the Trojans a 20-13 victory and a Pontiac Game Changing Performance nomination.

Now it's up to USC fans to determine if the Trojans earned the 'Pontiac Game Changing Performance' for the seventh week of the 2007 NCAA® Football Season. USC fans can go to, where they can view video clips of the four finalists and vote for their favorite play. Voting began yesterday 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.

'Awarding more than $1 million since its inception, the Pontiac Game Changing Performance program continues to be a great example of how passionate fans can have a positive impact academically and athletically by generating scholarship dollars for university-wide programs,' said Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN GameDay Analyst.

In addition, each week one lucky individual who visits will also win a $5,000 scholarship for them self or their family. In total, Pontiac will provide $300,000 worth of scholarships to universities and individuals throughout the season.

For full program details, visit

About Pontiac
Pontiac is a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the Vibe, Solstice roadster, G5 sports coupe, Torrent compact utility vehicle and the G6 family of sedans, coupes and retractable hardtop convertibles. For the 2008 model year, Pontiac expands its GXP performance series with the introduction of the G6 GXP and Torrent GXP, and will launch the all-new rear-wheel drive G8 performance sedan in early 2008. Pontiac sold more than 410,000 vehicles in 2006, ranking third among GM divisions in total sales. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found on the division's website at, and in Spanish at

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 380,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions-AT&T, Coca-Cola and Pontiac-and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners-DiGiorno, Enterprise, The Hartford, Lowe's and State Farm.

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