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Luck leads Stanford in Orange Bowl

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Associated Press
January 4, 2011
— John Elway flashed his familiar grin and Jim Harbaugh gave a jubilant shout from the sideline as Andrew Luck sprinted up the field to join an end zone celebration.

Nearly a quarter remained in the Orange Bowl, but the Stanford Cardinal were on the way to their first bowl victory in 14 years. And it was a blowout.


Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns Monday night to lead fifth-ranked Stanford past No. 12 Virginia Tech, 40-12.


It was a performance reminiscent of Elway, the former Stanford quarterback who is expected to become the Denver Broncosí chief football executive this week. He served as an honorary captain.


The Cardinal (12-1) likely will end the season ranked in the top five for the first time since the unbeaten 1940 team finished No. 2.


Virginia Tech (11-3), playing in a bowl game for the 18th consecutive year, fell to 1-27 against top-five teams.


Luck went 18 for 23 and was chosen the Orange Bowl most valuable player.


Fleener had six catches for 173 yards for the Cardinal, who outgained Tech 534-288.


The game might have been the last at Stanford for Luck and Harbaugh. Luck, a sophomore, is projected as the likely first pick in the NFL draft if he turns pro this year.



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