A closer look at what went wrong for Hokies

January, 5, 2011
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ESPN Stats & Information took a closer look at what went right for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and what went wrong for Virginia Tech's defense in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Stanford's ability to run the ball opened things up for Luck with play-action. He completed all five of his passes for 22.2 yards per attempt and two touchdowns with play-action passes.

And Bud Foster's defense just wasn't aggressive enough. The Hokies had success on Monday night when Foster sent a blitz, but they only sent added pressure on 34.8 percent of Luck’s passes. Luck was nearly perfect when the Hokies sat back and rushed four or fewer defenders.


Luck also beat Virginia Tech deep. All four of his passes of 15 yards or longer went for touchdowns. On throws of 15 yards or more, Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor completed 6 of 14 passes for 9.9 yards per throw and zero touchdowns.

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