Dr Pepper Halftime Scholarship Mistake Sparks Anger From Fans

Dr Pepper Halftime Scholarship Mistake Sparks Anger From Fans

The Big 12 championship game between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday night delivered the kind of barn burner mired in controversy that inspires legions of college football fans to fill stadiums and invade sports bars every week -end.

But it turned out the real competition wasn’t between the football teams (Texas won a unilateral affair 49-21), but between two students participating in the halftime Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway challenge, a college football tradition.

Each student had to throw as many footballs as possible into their respective Dr Pepper brand trash can from five yards away within the allotted time.

University of Pennsylvania freshman Ryan Georgian and Ohio State University junior Gavin White were tied at 10 points each at the end of regulation, forcing overtime.

They each had an extra period of 15 seconds to take the lead and claim victory.

At the whistle, they dove into their stash of footballs and tossed them from the top of their chests towards the opening of the trash can, each missing one ricocheting forcefully off the target like corn popping in a kettle.

At the last second, Georgian tied the score at 16, forcing a sudden-death shootout in a second overtime period.

Georgian was going to win, but fans were quick to point out that there was a problem.

The game shouldn’t have gone into double overtime, fans complained and Dr. Pepper later admitted.

A review of the video showed Georgian added just five points to its score in the first half. He was credited with six, enough to force a tie.

Online, the college football world roared. Fans cried foul and begged the soft drink giant to serve “Justice for Gavin”.

Soon after, Dr. Pepper said this would correct the situation.

“During a spectacular double OT Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway in the Big 12 Conference championship game, a technical error on the court resulted in inaccurate counting of the double tiebreaker,” the company said. in a report, who didn’t specify what was wrong.

“As such, Dr. Pepper will recognize both finalists as the grand prize winners, with both receiving the $100,000 tuition prize,” the release continued.

White directed questions to Dr Pepper’s public relations team, and Georgian could not be reached.

In video presentations submitted to Dr Pepper, students presented their arguments for a chance to compete for the scholarship.

Judges selected the contestants based on their submitted videos, using a rubric assessing their goals and financial needs.

Georgian, business graduate, He said the tuition money would help him achieve his goal. to become a social entrepreneur, while paying for his sister’s school fees and treatment for her rare blood disease.

For his part, White, an aspiring meteorologist, used weather forecast graphics to paint a gloomy outlook for his college debt: rising out-of-state tuition, pesky loans, and high interest rates.

“This exchange could bring a little sunshine to help fend off some of the bad weather,” he said.

Fans online celebrated what they saw as a fair outcome, with some taking credit for putting pressure on Dr. Pepper.

“Joking aside, I think our tweets forced Dr. Pepper’s hand.” wrote a fan. “Thank you to everyone who contributed and spread the word.”

Jack Begg contributed to the research.

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