MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior running back Darren Sproles’ 74-yard touchdown run at Missouri is one of four nominees for this week’s Pontiac Game Changing Performance. The Pontiac Game Changing Performance feature recognizes that dramatic moment which occurs in almost every competition, that ends up changing the outcome of a game and perhaps defining a season.
Sproles’ run occurred in the third quarter as the Wildcats trailed 21-7. After running to the left for six yards, the Olathe, Kan., native’s number was called again to the right. As the defense began its pursuit, Sproles stepped on the brakes and accelerated through a small opening. Once he broke free of the Missouri defense, Sproles was escorted to the end zone by teammate and wide receiver Yamon Figurs. The score was part of a dramatic 21-point K-State comeback as the Wildcats outscored the Tigers 35-3 over the final 38 minutes for a 35-24 win that kept their bowl hopes alive.
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.
Enter espn.com/pontiac in your web browser address bar to see the nominees and to vote for Sproles.