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Stanford Football Live: Stanford vs. Virginia Tech
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/03/2011

Jan. 3, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -

Final score: Stanford 40, Virginia Tech 12

Stanford punted with 2:10 left, and Stanford got another sack of Tyrod Taylor, with Chase Thomas getting to him for the team's seventh sack of the day.

The clock hits zeros and Stanford wins.

Fourth quarter (3:10 left): Stanford 40, Virginia Tech 12

Stanford struck quickly. Stepfan Taylor ran for 34 yards and on the fourth play of the drive, Andrew Luck found Coby Fleener for 38 yards down the middle for a touchdown.

Fleener has three touchdown catches and six receptions for 173 yards.

Luck now has four touchdown passes, the most in an Orange Bowl since Florida's Rex Grossman in 2002.

Fourth quarter (7:39 left): Stanford 33, Virginia Tech 12

Virginia Tech's ensuing drive was stalled by a 15-yard penalty for an illegal chock block. On third down, Alex Debniak came through with a sack for a 16-yard loss, forcing a punt with 7:55 left.

A sack by Shayne Skov, who is having an outstanding game, forced another Hokie punt.

Fourth quarter (12:28 left): Stanford 33, Virginia Tech 12

Stanford explodes for a 58-yard touchdown on a pass from Andrew Luck to Coby Fleener. Luck threw on the run to hit Fleener behind single coverage of rover Davon Morgan. It's Fleener's second touchdown catch of the game and third TD throw for Luck, tying a Stanford bowl record.

Fleener kept his balance after a driving tackle attempt by Morgan and scored up the sideline. That is the longest reception of Fleener's career.

Luck has completed eight of nine passes in the second half for 163 yards. In all, he is 17 of 22 for 249 yards.

End of third quarter: Stanford 26, Virginia Tech 12

Though Andrew Luck has made spectacular plays all season, he added to that list on a third and three play deep in Stanford's own territory. Chased out of the pocket, Luck fired on the run to tight end Coby Fleener, with the ball landing right in Fleener's hands on the sideline for 12 yards and a first down. It was play that showcased many of the qualities that make Luck such an outstanding player.

Stanford has the ball at its own 39 as the quarter ends, on second and three.

Third quarter (2:34 left): Stanford 26, Virginia Tech 12

Virginia Tech, in danger of getting blown out, has only 31 rushing yards from anyone besides quarterback Tyrod Taylor, at one point in its next drive.

On third and three, linebacker Shayne Skov reached around the intended receiver to knock down a pass over the middle, forcing the Hokies to punt.

Third quarter (5:49 left): Stanford 26, Virginia Tech 12

On the first play after Delano Howell's interception, Stepfan Taylor burst up the for 56 yards. On the next play, Andrew Luck hit Coby Fleener for 41 yards on a post. The drive: two plays, 97 yards.

Nate Whitaker made the extra point try.

Third quarter (6:18 left): Stanford 19, Virginia Tech 12

A sack by Delano Howell and Brian Bulcke slowed Virginia Tech for a moment, but Tyrod Taylor then found D.J. Coles over linebacker coverage for a 42-yard gain.

Taylor again went deep, looking for Jarrett Boykin. But with defensive tackle Sione Fua in his face, Taylor's throw was intercepted at the 2, by safety Howell.

Third quarter (8:47 left): Stanford 19, Virginia Tech 12

Stanford stopped Virginia Tech's initial second-half drive, and then launched into a drive of 59 yards that culminated in a one-yard run by Owen Marecic off right guard for the touchdown. However, Nate Whitaker missed his second extra-point try of the game (the first was blocked), and Stanford remained in front 19-12.

The big plays of the drive were a 17-yard pass to Coby Fleener to the 19, followed by a tackle-evading catch-and-run by Ryan Whalen for 18 yards to the 1.

Stanford tried to punch it in twice before Marecic did so.

Halftime: Stanford 13, Virginia Tech 12

Tyrod Taylor ran for a first down, and the Hokies have the ball at its 48 with 15 seconds left. Taylor lofts a deep pass down the middle for Jarrett Boykin, who makes a spectacular catch leaping backward to catch the ball over the fingertips of Johnson Bademosi for 32 yards.

After a spike, the Hokies bring on their field-goal team. Chris Hazley's try from 37 yards is good with three seconds left, bringing the Hokies within a point.

The 80-yard drive took 44 seconds off the clock.

Stanford goes into the locker room leading. Stanford did not trail in any game this season. Also, the last six teams to lead at halftime of the Orange Bowl, have won.

Second quarter (0:30 left): Stanford 13, Virginia Tech 9

Stanford faces third and 10 at its own 42, but a Luck run gains little and now the Hokies, with 55 seconds left, will have time to push for points going into halftime.

David Green's punt goes into the end zone, giving Virginia Tech the ball at its 20 with 47 seconds left. Tyrod Taylor tries to scramble, but Shayne Skov and Thomas Keiser stop him for a one-yard loss.

A rush by Ben Gardner forced an incompletion from Taylor, but Michael Thomas called for holding, giving the Hokies a first down at its 29 with 30 seconds left.

Second quarter (2:26 left): Stanford 13, Virginia Tech 9(/b>

After the touchdown, Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor was unable to repeat the magic of his previous drive, and the Hokies went three and out.

Stanford regains possession at its own 33. Luck, however, throws an interception on a pass down the middle toward Ryan Whalen. The ball was picked off by cornerback Jayron Hosley for his ninth of the season, making his the national leader by himself.

Virginia Tech picked up 35 yards on a run and now has a third down at the Cardinal 38. Taylor finds his tight end Andre Smith for eight, and the Hokies will go for it at the 30.

Taylor hands the ball to Darren Evens, who is met by Matt Masifilo for no gain. Stanford takes over.

Second quarter (6:32): Stanford 13, Virginia Tech 9

Luck hit Konrad Reuland for a first down to keep the drive alive, to the Stanford 47.

Jeremy Stewart again broke for a big run, gaining 26 yards off the left side, with help from a lead block from Owen Marecic. Stewart, who had 38 rushing yards coming into the game, already gained 86 on two carries. His third carry seemed promising, but he tripped and fell with daylight ahead, for only a short gain. With 90 yards, Stewart already has exceeded his career high of 73 yards, vs. Cal in 2007.

On third down at the 25, Andrew Luck found tight end Zach Ertz on a post at the 6, and the tight end took a hit as he crossed the goal line. The drive traveled 79 yards on eight plays.

The extra-point try, however, was blocked. But Stanford re-took the lead.

Second quarter (8:56 left): Virginia Tech 9, Stanford 7

Stanford finds itself in need of a sustained drive. The Cardinal has yet to have one -- Jeremy Stewart's 60-yard run capped a four-play drive.

The Cardinal faces a third-and-3 at its own 43.

Second quarter (10:22): Virginia Tech 9, Stanford 7

After the free kick, Virginia Tech drove downfield, with the help of a pass interference penalty on Stanford's Richard Sherman. A pass from Tyrod Taylor to Danny Coale gained 14 yards to the Stanford 9.

Shayne Skov stuffed a run to set up a third and goal at the 11. On the next play, Tyrod Taylor dropped back to pass, found no one open, waggled to his left as if to run, stepped back at the sideline to avoid linebacker Owen Marecic and fired into the end zone. David Wilson made a diving catch in the zone, catching the ball as his right knee hit the ground just before skidding out of bounds. Touchdown Hokies, who take the lead.

End of first quarter: Stanford 7, Virginia Tech 2

Virginia Tech gains its initial first down of the game on pass from Tyrod Taylor to Jarrett Boykin on a third-down crossing pass.

Owen Marecic sacked Taylor on the next play, for his second sack of the season. On third down, Taylor, escaped a potential sack by Shayne Skov and scrambled out of several more tackles, but was short of the first down.

The Hokies' punt was fielded by Drew Terrell at his own 3 and he was tackled immediately. Two Stepfan Taylor runs failed to get past the 5, and Stanford faced a third down at that point, and then disaster struck.

Luck was rushed hard and as he was being pulled down in the end zone, tried to throw ball away. Instead, the pass was batted back into the end zone by Virginia Tech's Antoine Hopkins, directly to right tackle Derek Hall, who caught the ball rather than letting it drop for an incompletion. Hall, who dropped to the ground after making the catch, was an ineligible receiver. The play was ruled a safety, with 59 seconds left in the quarter.

First quarter (6:16 left): Stanford 7, Virginia Tech 0

Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor went deep on second down, but tight coverage by Johnson Bademosi helped prevent the completion, and Taylor's third-down pass bounced off the chest of his receiver to create fourth down.

Stanford takes over at its own 13. So far neither team has been able to move the ball, with only one first down combined after 8:30 of play.

Two plays, a run and a pass, to Stepfan Taylor gains five yards and Stanford attempts to convert on third down for the first time. A drop back and checkdown pass to Doug Baldwin succeeds for a 21-yard gain. On the next play, Jeremy Stewart bolted off the left side for a 60-yard run for a touchdown. It was the longest run in the career of the senior and the longest run from scrimmage in Stanford bowl history, and seventh-longest in Orange Bowl history.

First quarter (9:01 left): Stanford 0, Virginia Tech 0

On its next possession, Stanford faced an immediate third and three, at the Hokies' 44 when Luck's deep pass down the left sideline was incomplete to Doug Baldwin. Stanford then tried a fake punt, with the ball snapped to upback Chike Amajoyi, who was stopped for a loss of a yard.

Virginia Tech takes possession at its own 45.

First quarter (10:36 left): Stanford 0, Virginia Tech 0

Stanford took the opening kickoff, with Chris Owusu receiving the ball and returning it to the 24. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Andrew Luck kept the ball on a naked bootleg and slid to an 11-yard gain. But the Cardinal failed to advance the ball and was forced to punt.

David Green's punt traveled 33 yards, but the Cardinal defense forced a three-and-out. On the ensuing punt, Drew Terrell returned the ball 25 yards and Stanford takes possession on its own 49-yard line.

Pregame

Stanford plays Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Stanford (11-1), the Pacific-10 Conference runner-up, is ranked No. 5 in the A.P. poll and would most likely earn its first top-five national finish since 1940 with a victory.

Virginia Tech (11-2), the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, has won 11 consecutive games after opening the season with losses to Boise State and James Madison. The Hokies are led by dual-threat quarterback Tyrod Taylor and an outstanding secondary.

This is the first meeting between the two schools.


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