Cardinal Cruise in Orange Bowl
In what may have been the final game for its starting quarterback and head coach, Stanford used a second half surge to dominate Virginia Tech 40-12 in the Discover Orange Bowl last night. The Cardinal led just 13-12 at halftime, but blitzed the Hokies after intermission, with sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck throwing for three of his four touchdown passes in the second half. Luck finished 18-of-23 for 287 yards, four TDs and one interception. The third-year sophomore is projected as the potential top pick in the NFL Draft if he decides to leave school early this year. In addition, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is also in the running for several job openings elsewhere, including with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos in the NFL, and at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Both Luck and Harbaugh declined to discuss their futures after the game.
The Cardinal also got a 60-yard run from tailback Jeremy Stewart, as they rolled up 247 yards rushing and 534 total to finish the season at 12-1. Stanford’s only loss this year came to undefeated and second-ranked Oregon. Virginia Tech (11-3) saw its 11-game winning streak snapped as the Hokies were held to just 67 yards rushing on 34 carries. Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished 16-for-31 for 222 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.