ARLINGTON, Texas — A controversial halftime contest at the Big 12 championship game on Saturday created uproar when an apparent scoring error resulted in the wrong fan being declared the winner. However, sponsor Dr. Pepper resolved the issue by deciding to award both contestants the grand prize.
The Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway has been a long-standing tradition at Power 5 conference championship games since 2008. Participants are required to stand 5 yards out and throw footballs into a hole in a giant Dr. Pepper can, with the winner earning a substantial scholarship.
After a heated battle between Gavin White of Ohio State and Ryan Georgian of Penn, Georgian was initially declared the winner after a second tiebreaker.
However, social media erupted with claims of a scoring error, stating that Georgian was wrongly credited for an extra completion in the first tiebreaker and that there should not have been a need for a second tiebreaker.
In response to the controversy, Dr. Pepper swiftly announced that both contestants would receive a scholarship due to “an on-field technical error resulting in an inaccurate accounting of the double tiebreaker.”
“As such, Dr. Pepper will recognize both finalists as grand prize winners with both receiving the 100k award in tuition,” the company said.