Brady Quinn’s game winning 45 yard touchdown pass to Jeff Samardzija is a finalist for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the year. The play will probably be the signature play of Quinn and Samardzija’s careers and a play that will live in Notre Dame lore forever. The play also ending up saving Notre Dame’s BCS chances. Without it, the Irish would have finished the season with three losses and would be in the Gator Bowl instead of the Sugar Bowl as they are now.
There are some really great plays also up for the award, but when you take into account that Quinn to Samardzija ended up saving the game and in essence the season, it is truly a game changing performance.