Dec. 5, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford, which finished the 2010 season with a school-record 11 victories, has accepted an invitation to the Discover Orange Bowl, where the Cardinal will face Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech on Monday, January 3.
Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. and will be televised on ESPN.
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The Discover Orange Bowl marks the first meeting between the two schools.
"I am very proud of our football team and, on behalf of the University, I am happy to accept the invitation to have our team play in the Discover Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech," said Stanford's Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby. Our team has completed a very successful regular season and I am certain they will play very well against an excellent Virginia Tech team."
Stanford (11-1, 8-1 Pac-10 Conference) is making its second straight bowl appearance and 22nd overall, having compiled a 9-10-1 record in previous postseason games. This marks the Cardinal's third bowl appearance in the state of Florida, where it competed in the 1986 Gator Bowl and 1993 Blockbuster Bowl, and first January bowl showing since it faced Wisconsin in the 2000 Rose Bowl.
Under head coach Jim Harbaugh, Stanford won 11 games for the first time in school and also set a school-record with eight conference victories.
Led by quarterback Andrew Luck, the Cardinal feature the nation's eighth-highest scoring offense which is averaging 40.33 points a game. Stanford scored a school record 484 points on the season, topping the previous mark of 461, set by the 2009 squad.
In addition, Stanford is ranked 14th nationally in total offense (467.33), 17th in rushing offense (211.0) and 30th in passing offense (256.33).
The Cardinal also rank in the top-25 nationally in five defensive categories, including scoring defense (11th; 17.73), interceptions (17; t-11th), passing efficiency defense (21st; 113.11), total defense (24th; 325.75) and rushing defense (24th; 125.42).
After losing its first two games of the season to Boise State and James Madison, Virginia Tech (11-2, 8-0 ACC) reeled off 11 straight victories, including a 44-33 victory over Florida State in the Dr. Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game to earn the right to represent the ACC in the Discover Orange Bowl.
The Hokies will be making their fourth appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl and third in the last four seasons.
The Discover Orange Bowl has been played annually since January 1, 1935 and along with the Sugar Bowl and Sun Bowl, is the second oldest bowl game in the country, behind the Rose Bowl, which was first played in 1902 and annually since 1916.
The Orange Bowl hosted the BCS National Championship Game in 2001 and 2005. Since 2007, the Orange Bowl has been host to the Atlantic Coast Conference champion unless they are involved in the national championship game, and a BCS at-large team.
Ticket orders will be accepted starting Monday Dec 6 at 9:00 a.m. online at www.goStanford.com, by phone at 1-800-STANFORD or in person at the Stanford Stadium Ticket Office. Seat locations will be assigned and tickets will be distributed late in the week of Dec 13.
It is strongly recommended that fans purchase tickets online at GoStanford.com.