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Wyoming’s Jalen Claiborne Named Finalist For Geico Play Of The Year


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Wyoming sophomore wide receiver Jalen Claiborne’s leaping, game-winning catch vs. Idaho on September 22 is a finalist for the GEICO Play of the Year, Intersport announced Monday. For eight weeks, fans voted for the GEICO Play of the Year and the eight winners will be shown on GEICO Best of College Football 2012 on CBS Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

In addition to recognizing the season’s top plays, the one-hour CBS special relives the season’s greatest moments, players and traditions. The show also marks the culmination of the GEICO “Best of 2012” Football Tour, an interactive fan experience that visits 30 marquee games throughout the football season.

For the past eight weeks, four show-stopping college football plays were nominated as the Play of the Year on the GEICO Best of College Football Facebook page (facebook.com/bestofcollegefootball). Winners were determined by fan voting and will now compete in the finals to determine the play of the 2012 GEICO Play of the Year. All eight plays will be shown on GEICO Best of College Football on CBS in a countdown format.

The Cowboys took the field for their first possession of overtime trailing by three. Quarterback Brett Smith scrambled out of the pocket before lofting the ball towards the end zone. Claiborne out-leaped his defender and gained possession while falling to his back. The touchdown gave the Cowboys a 40-37 victory, their first of the season.

Claiborne’s leaping grab is competing against seven other weekly winners, including: a one-handed catch by Ohio State’s Devin Smith, a game-winning TD scramble by Louisiana Monroe’s Kolton Browning, an unbelievable touchdown grab by Notre Dame’s John Goodman, a back-of-the-end-zone grab by Middle Tennessee’s Anthony Amos, a touchdown catch in heavy traffic by UNLV’s Taylor Barnhill, a successful trick play TD grab by Ohio’s quarterback, Tyler Tettleton and a tackle-breaking scramble and TD throw by Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams.

To watch and vote for Claiborne or any of the finalists, visit www.facebook.com/BestofCollegeFootball. Fans can vote once a day. Finals voting is now open and ends Monday, Nov. 12 at 11:59 a.m. CT.

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