Starr's Kick Named Pontiac Game Changing Performance
Nov. 26, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hoosier kicker Austin Starr's 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining against Purdue has been named the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week, as voted on by fans. Starr's kick cemented the 27-24 win and earned Indiana the Old Oaken Bucket and likely, its first bowl bid in 14 years.
With the award, Indiana earns a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac to the school's 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.
The Logansport, Ind., native matched his career long, picked up the third game-winning kick of his career and his first of the season. He finished the game hitting two field goals to set a new school record with his 19th field goal of the season, topping former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich's 17 in 1988. He also extended his school record by making his 15th attempt in a row in the first half before missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Starr tied Stoyanovich's record for single-season extra points with his 45th of the year. He finished the season a perfect 45-for-45, as Stoyanovich did back in 1988. Starr also moved up the single-season points list, finishing the regular season with 102, good for fourth place. He has hit 19-of-21 field goals this regular season (a school record 90.5 percent) and has nailed 10-of-11 from 40-plus yards (90.9).
"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 pontiac.com/ncaa, 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 www.pontiac.com/ncaa.
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