Luck goes out in style as Stanford romp in Orange Bowl

In what will probably be his last game in college, quarterback Andrew Luck led Stanford to touchdowns on its first four possessions of the second half to propel the fifth-ranked Cardinal to a record-setting 40-12 victory against No. 11 Virginia Tech on Monday in the Orange Bowl.

Luck led Stanford on scoring drives of 59, 97 (on two plays), 87 and 72 yards against a Virginia Tech defense that simply could not stop him. Luck went nine of 10 for 201 yards during the drives. hree of the scoring passes went to tight end Coby Fleener, who had a career-best night with six receptions for 173 yards.

“We asked our players to give the best 30 minutes of their lives, and they did that,” Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh said of the second half. “We had no mistakes from halftime on out, and in the end, (Luck) was the straw that stirs the drink around here.”

Virginia Tech (11-3) saw its 11-game winning streak snapped and lost a chance to win 12 games in a season for the first time. The Hokies have scored at leats 40 points six times this season, but they could not handle Stanford’s pressure. Stanford sacked Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor eight times.

“Give Stanford credit. They just played better than we did,” said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. “It was right there, and then they made a couple of long plays against our defense, and the game got away from us.”

Both Harbaugh and Luck are expected to be patrolling NFL sidelines next season, and they went out on top. Stanford will finish in the top five nationally for the first time since 1940, and they set a school mark for wins at 12-1.

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