Vote for Williams' punt return TD for Pontiac Game Changing Performance

September 10, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- For the second time in his career, Penn State's Derrick Williams is among the nominees for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance.

A junior wide receiver from Greenbelt, Md., Williams swung the momentum in Saturday night's 31-10 thumping of Notre Dame with his zig-zagging 78-yard touchdown return late in the first quarter, sending the white-clad crowd of 110,078 into a frenzy. The score tied the game at 7-7 and began a run of 17 consecutive points for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 2-0. The punt-return touchdown was the second of his career, as he had a 75-yard return against Temple last season.

Williams' return is one of four plays nominated for this week's Pontiac Game Changing Performance. Fans can cast their vote for the play until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday at

The winner of this week's Pontiac Game Changing Performance will be announced on ESPN during its Thursday night college football coverage. The winning school will receive $5,000 for the institution's general scholarship fund.

A new feature this year with the program is that all fans who vote for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance also are eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship.

With all but several thousand Notre Dame fans wearing white, the first-ever all-stadium White House crowd was electric and saw the Nittany Lions win their fifth consecutive game and 24th in the last 29. The second-largest throng in Beaver Stadium history saw the Nittany Lion defense hold the Fighting Irish to 0 yards rushing on 26 attempts and only 144 total yards, sacking quarterback Jimmy Clausen six times for a loss of 50 yards.

Senior All-America linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford) led Penn State with a game-high 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss (minus-13), with a sack for a loss of 11 yards. Connor moved into fourth place on the school career tackle list with 291 stops.

The Penn State defense has allowed three points and minus-three rushing yards in the first two games and has held the opposition to 3 of 31 on third down conversions.

Senior tailback Austin Scott (Allentown) posted his fourth-career 100-yard rushing game with a career-best 28 carries for a career-high tying 116 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) completed 12 of 22 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown, a 10-yard strike to junior Jordan Norwood (State College) in the second quarter that gave Penn State the lead for good at 14-7.

Coach Joe Paterno's squad concludes its three-game homestand when it meets Buffalo on Saturday at noon in sold-out Beaver Stadium. The teams will be meeting for the first time since 1900. Buffalo (1-1) defeated Temple, 42-7, on Saturday.

The Penn State-Buffalo game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The Big Ten Network is available nationally on Direct TV and DISH Network and nearly 100 cable providers. The official audio broadcast will be available from the Penn State Sports Network as well as on online, the official Web site of Penn State Athletics. For more information about the Big Ten Network, go to online.

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