With a chance to win $100,000 in scholarship money during the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway halftime event Saturday at the Big 12 Championship game in Arlington, Texas, two college students really gave it their all during regulation.. and then in overtime, and then in double overtime. Eventually, University of Pennsylvania student Ryan Georgian bested Ohio State University’s Gary White.
Or did he? Outraged fans quickly took to social media to point out there had been a scoring error—Georgian had been given an extra point in the first round.
What to do? Many companies might have just said, “Too bad” to White and let Georgian take home the cash. Others might have claimed the whole contest was null and void because of the mistake and refused to pay either of the contestants. But you have to give credit where credit is due, and Dr Pepper owned up to the technicality and offered both students scholarship funds. A class act:
An update on today’s Big 12 Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway pic.twitter.com/oSF68w2FZK
— Dr Pepper (@drpepper) December 2, 2023
Here’s how the event unfolded:
As they worked to chest pass the most footballs through an inflatable Dr Pepper can in 30 seconds, fans admired each valiant performance.
After the first round, which is typically the only round, the scholars were tied. The issues came…