With Alabama trailing 21-10, senior quarterback Brodie Croyle completed a fourth-and-12 pass from the USM 43-yard line to Tyrone Prothro with 17 seconds left in the first half. Prothro's unbelievable catch gave Alabama a first-and-goal at the Southern Miss one-yard line and set up Croyle's one-yard TD pass to Le'Ron McClain as UA cut the halftime deficit to 21-17. The Crimson Tide won the game 30-21 as they scored 20 unanswered points after falling behind 21-10 in the second quarter.
Prothro's catch is one of four finalists for the ESPN Pontiac Game-Changing Performance of the Year. The winner will be announced at halftime of the BCS National Championship game on January 4, 2006 on ABC Sports.
Pontiac will make a $100,000 donation to the winning school's general scholarship fund.
Prothro's catch against Southern Miss was one of five weekly winners by Alabama this season. Other UA winners this season were Brodie Croyle's 46-yard pass to Keith Brown at South Carolina, Croyle's 87-yard TD pass to Prothro vs. Florida, Roman Harper's caused fumble vs. Tennessee, and Matt Miller's fumble return of a second half kickoff at MIssissippi State.
Pontiac awarded Alabama $5,000 for each Pontiac Game Changing Performance this season, totaling $25,000 to the general scholarship fund.
To vote for Prothro's catch as Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year log on to espn. com and the keyword is Pontiac.