On a night where the the experts had VT as the team to beat, Stanford proved why they were ranked the #4 team in the country. With the 1st half looking like the game would be a shootout, the 2nd half brought the Hokies’ chances of a 12th straight win crashing down. The score at the break was 13-12 Stanford, and VT looked to be handling Luck’s passing abilities. Tech recorded the 1st safety in the Orange Bowl since 2006 when a deflected Luck pass was caught by a Cardinal O-lineman in the endzone, who was tackled for 2 points. VT also blocked an extra point, and a Tyrod Taylor TD pass to David Wilson looked like a play of the year candidate. This, however, would not be enough.
It all ended when Tyrod Taylor was intercepted at the Stanford 2 yard line. With Tech driving, and only down 7 they looked to have a chance to tie it up. An underthrown pass to Jarett Boykin was picked off, and halted the VT drive. Stanford took two plays to score, and never looked back. Andrew Luck finished with 287 yards and 4 TD’s.
There was an evident lack of Ryan Williams tonight. There seemed to be no reason for this plan, and having one of the Nation’s top backs would seem to be a strength, but Ryan didn’t get a carry until the 2nd half, and was not used for much of the game. Stanford controlled the Hokies the entire 2nd half, and looked to be severely out matched. Tech could not stop Stanford’s passing attack and the Offensive line was even worse. The Hokies looked to go backwards from the 1st half, something they only did once all season. Tech looked like they needed to go back to the JMU game and remember what not to do. The month spent preparing for this game was clearly not spent wisely. Harbaugh’s ability to make half-time changes, and dominate Bud Foster’s defense was something not seen in at Tech in a long while. This was the worst loss Tech has had since early 2007 when the Hokies played LSU and lost 48-7. Ironically these two losses were Tyrod Taylor’s first and last games as a Hokie.
Whats next? It seems that the only thing the Hokies can do is focus on the good. The did win 11 in a row, the ACC Coastal, the ACC, and ended up ranked after two heartbreaking losses. However, this loss will hurt the most. After keeping Stanford at bay, and being down only a point at the half, Tech looked to be in prime position to take the game over. They seemed like they never left the locker room, and whatever was changed at the half, if anything, didn’t work at all. I think that Stanford came to play with better players, and a better plan of execution, but Tech is still the better team but never played as one tonight. The shining moments of the game were Tyrod Taylor plays, or Stanford miscues. The Cardinal defense looked determined and hungry to take the game over, while Foster’s defense looked anything but. It was just not a night that the Hokies were meant to be successful on.
We say goodbye to many Seniors, and thank them for all the great moments they provided us over the years. Thanks especially to Tyrod Taylor, a record setting, ACC POY, and overall great Hokie. Next year cannot come too soon, and The Lane will be as loud as ever, as we welcome a new season and a new set of memories.
I will be keeping the Hokie faithful posted on off-season news and headlines, but until then thanks for reading, and GO HOKIES!
About the Author
Written by Logan Cecchine
I am a Virginia Tech undergrad, and plan on graduating with a degree in human development, as well as a minor in leadership and social change. I am a huge fan of all sports, but college football and basketball are on the top of my list. I am a fan of the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and my Hokies.