January 4, 2011 by staff
Nearly a quarter remained in the Orange Bowl, but the Stanford Cardinal was on their way to their first bowl victory in 14 years. And it was a rash.
Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns Monday night to lead Stanford fifth No. 12 Virginia Tech 40-12.
“I’m extremely happy,” Luck said. “Could not be happier for the Stanford community.”
It was a performance reminiscent of Elway, quarterback at Stanford who is known to be the direction of the Denver Broncos football chief this week. He was named honorary captain and ex-Stanford QB Jim Plunkett was also on hand to lend a hand.
The Cardinal (12-1) will probably end the season ranked in the top 5 for the first time since the defeat of 1940 team finished No. 2. Their success comes only four years after they went 1-11 and Harbaugh hired as coach to lead a turnaround.
Virginia Tech (11-3), playing in a bowl game for the 18th consecutive year, fell to 27.1 against top-5 teams.
Stanford has launched a bizarre end to security and blew up two more points, but overcame those mistakes with six plays gained more than 30 meters. Two followed each other on a two-play, 97-yard “drive”, and the Cardinal outscored 27-0 in the second half of Tech.
“They are really good and helped us to be good,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. “There were a couple of long plays against our defense, and then the game got away from us. The kind of thing is ball Snow. ”
Tight end Coby Fleener caught scoring passes from sites 41, 58 and 38 from chance, all in the last 21 minutes. Zach Ertz had a reception of 25 yards, Jeremy Stewart scored on a run of 60 yards and Stepfanie Taylor added a race of 56 yards. Back-linebacker Owen Marecic scored on a 1 yard run and had a sack.
Luck is 18 for 23 and was chosen most valuable player Orange Bowl. Fleener had six catches for 173 yards for the Cardinal, who outgained Tech 534-288.
The game could be the last to Stanford for Harbaugh and luck. Harbaugh is expected to be courted by NFL teams and the harsh perhaps Alma Michigan after leading the Cardinal to a school-record win total. Luck, a sophomore, it is anticipated that the recovery is probably the first in the NFL draft if he turns pro this year.
“I do not want to make an impulsive decision,” said Luck. “I’m going to enjoy this as long as I can. I know that the time is coming; I’ll sit down with my parents, weigh the pros and cons and go from there. ”
Stanford began to pull away by going the length of the field by 29 seconds in the third quarter. Delano Howell after an interception at the 3 at a threat Tech, Taylor busted loose and hit the Hokies. On the next play, Luck threw deep Fleener for an advance of 26-12.
Luck has also taken a safety cut the lead to 7-2 Stanford. Its passage was struck back by Anthony Hopkins in the 303-lbs offensive tackle Derek Hall, who caught the ball instead of dropping it and was tackled in the end zone.
The Hokies’ offense had trouble scoring, though. Tyrode Taylor threw for 222 yards but was held to 22 yards rushing, and twice Tech came away empty after driving inside the Stanford 35.
Taylor scrambling skills helped the Hokies score their only touchdown. The third baseman and he rolled left, retired, has rotated 180 degrees against the touchline near the bench at Stanford and David Wilson threw for a score from 11 yards.
After the game, Taylor Tyrode Harbaugh asked if he had stepped on the touchline. Harbaugh told him he had not.
Taylor moved the Hokies 60 yards in the final 47 seconds of the first half to create a distribution of 37 yards by Chris Hasley, but they compensated only 109 yards in the second half.
“I’m always proud of my boys this season,” said Taylor. “We had a hell of a season, and there is nothing to keep their heads down at the moment.”
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