SEC halftime contest booed, both students awarded $100,000

ATLANTA (AP) — Exactly what the Dr. ordered.

Two students each won $100,000 in tuition on Saturday, shortly after boos filled Mercedes-Benz Stadium over a messy ending in a halftime contest during the championship game of the SEC.

Fans of the LSU-Georgia game scoffed when one of the contestants appeared to capture Dr Pepper’s ball toss competition in overtime on a technical point.

Both women were tossing soccer balls with precision into sponsored Dr Pepper buckets, both opting for the more accurate chest pass over the traditional soccer toss. It was clear that they had practiced a lot.

And why not, with so much at stake.

Baylor student Reagan Whitaker and St. Augustine student Kayla Gibson have swapped regulatory leads several times. In overtime, they equalized again, but Whitaker, of Allen, Texas, was declared the winner.

The winner was to receive $100,000; the finalist would receive $20,000.

Fans who skipped their halftime hot dog run to watch were taken aback by the conclusion, and they expressed their displeasure.

Those watching at home heard broadcaster CBS say something about Whitaker winning an earlier tiebreaker. Dr Pepper said in a statement that Whitaker scored the most points in the preliminary round.

It all worked out in the end, though.

It was announced on the show in the fourth quarter of the game that Dr Pepper would offer Whitaker and Gibson, of Fontana, Calif., $100,000 in tuition.

Top-ranked Georgia defeated No. 11 LSU 50-30.

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