The Stanford Cardinal are facing a very focused Virginia Tech Hokies defense, and for the second straight drive they were stopped in their tracks. Andrew Luck was forced to run out of bounds for a loss of 1 yard, found his tight end Coby Fleener underneath, but couldn't Jim Harbaugh then decided to do a very quizzical thing: He tried to out-Beamer Frank Beamer's special teams unit by ordering a fake punt. Chike Amajoyi took the snap close to the line of scrimmage, but Virginia Tech snuffed it out and took over at midfield.
But Stanford's defense shut down Virginia Tech again after Tyrod Taylor missed Jarrett Boykin twice (once down the sidelines for what would've been a big gain), and on the subsequent drive, the Stanford offensive line finally wore down the Virginia Tech defense. Luck got all the time in the world on 3rd down to find his secondary read on the sideline in Doug Baldwin for 21 yards. On the subsequent drive, the Cardinal unleashed their power play, sealed the outside, Virginia Tech had poor run contain, and Jeremy Stewart took it 60 yards to the house for a 7-0 Cardinal lead.