Luck leads Stanford in Orange Bowl
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 Broncos’ 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.