Andrew Luck delivered with two huge drives by the Stanford Cardinal to start off the second half on the 2011 Orange Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies, one long and methodical, the other short and devastating. After Virginia Tech went three-and-out, Luck began picking apart the Hokies defense, finding Konrad Reuland for 10 yards, Coby Fleener for 17 yards, and Ryan Whalen for 18 yards to set up first-and-goal at the one. Owen Marecic punched it in on third and goal to give the Cardinal a 19-12 lead, although Nate Whitaker missed his second extra point of the game.
When Tyrod Taylor seemed up to the task, he threw one deep ball too many. Taylor found Danny Coale for 42 yards, but then tried to go deep again and safety Delano Howell intercepted it inside his own five. Two plays later, Stanford had taken control with a Stepfan Taylor 56 yard run off the middle off of poor Hokie run contain, and Luck came with play action on the very next throw to find Fleener for a 41 yard score and a 26-12 lead.
After another Virginia Tech punt, Luck found Fleener AGAIN, this time for a 56 yard score. Luck is 17 for 22 for 249 yards, three touchdowns and an interception; Fleener has caught five passes for 135 yards and the aforementioned two scores.
It's 33-12 Stanford, and if all the speculation is true, Jim Harbaugh seems to be leaving Palo Alto on a triumphant note.