The Orange Bowl score 2011 was close for a half. Yet the Orange Bowl score 2011 was in reach because Andrew Luck hadn’t gotten hot yet. The projected No. 1 pick only threw over 80 yards in the first half, and even threw an interception. Stanford still led at the half, but Virginia Tech had gotten a safety, a highlight reel touchdown, and a late field goal to trail by 13-12. Then the Cardinal threw the switch on, and made the Orange Bowl into a 40-12 blowout.
Stanford used their run to jump out over Virginia Tech early, as Jeremy Stewart got a 60-yard rush. However, a blunder gave the Hokies their first points when the Cardinal were pinned down. A Luck pass deep in his end zone was tipped, and caught by Stanford lineman Derek Hall in the end zone for a safety.
The Orange Bowl score soon favored the Hokies for the first time due to a huge play by Tyrod Taylor. He avoided a sack, and then just avoided going out of bounds, before throwing a ball that David Wilson caught on a dive for the touchdown. It put Virginia Tech up by 9-7, but it was their last real highlight.
Stanford struck back with Luck’s first touchdown throw, on a 25-yard pass to Zach Ertz. But the Cardinal missed the extra point, and with under a minute left, the Hokies got a quick drive for a field goal. With the lead narrowed to 13-12, Stanford needed one of their typical offensive explosions.
They got it soon enough, as the Orange Bowl would become out of reach for the Hokies. The Cardinal got an early touchdown, but missed another extra point. After getting an interception minutes later, Stanford was pinned down at the 3-yard line. Yet with a Stepfan Taylor 56-yard run, and a 41-yard Coby Fleener touchdown catch, the Cardinal stretched their lead in just two plays.
By the fourth, Luck was in control, as he threw two more touchdowns of 58 and 38 yards to Fleener. After starting slowly, Luck ultimately threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns, in a display that the Panthers were undoubtedly watching.
Although it took a while for the Cardinal to get going, the Orange Bowl score, and the way it turned so quickly, showed why the NFL is so interested in Palo Alto. Luck and coach Jim Harbaugh gave no answer on whether they would both go to the pros, although the NFL is eagerly awaiting their answers.
The Orange Bowl score secured Stanford’s first top 5 ranking in the modern era, while Virginia Tech’s 11-game winning streak was left in the dust. Now the Sugar Bowl lies ahead, in the last BCS game before the grand finale.
SI.com- “Stanford vs Virginia Tech – Recap”
SB Nation- “2011 Orange Bowl, Stanford vs Virginia Tech: Tyrod Taylor Acrobatic Touchdown Hands Hokies The Lead”