UPDATE: Anchorage college student wins tuition giveaway at ACC championship

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Jack Underwood is a new man. The former South High Football player took home 100,000 dollars in tuition money at the ACC championship game. He beat his competitor in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway 10 to 5.

When Jack received the check, he was overcome with emotion.

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The ACC championship is the opportunity of a lifetime for former South High Football player Jack Underwood, not because he’ll get to play in the game, but a chance at halftime to compete in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway.

Underwood currently goes to school at Liberty University and was chosen as one of 20 finalists to compete in the giveaway during the upcoming College Football Conference Championship Weekend.

Underwood will take the field during halftime of the ACC championship game, and attempt to throw the most number of footballs into an oversized Dr. Pepper can in 30 seconds.

“Always been a big football fanatic,” said Underwood.

The Liberty music major said he game planned over Thanksgiving break and will try to calm his nerves best he can.

"I’m having a four-day vacation no matter what,” said Underwood. “Just go try to enjoy myself the best I can.”

If Underwood wins he’ll get $100,000, and the runner-up receives $25,000.

When he called his mom to tell her the good news she was speechless. The Anchorage college student was also shocked when he got the phone call that he was a finalist.

“I thought it was a scam call because it was from an unknown number,” said Underwood.

The savvy music student said he enlisted help from a film student to capture his application video.

“A lot of people record videos of them standing straight up in front of the camera and just speaking,” said Underwood. “I thought to myself I can be a lot more creative than that.”

Underwood said he played music and explained how he works full time on top of being a full-time student.

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