Monday, January 3, 2011
Halftime: Stanford 13, Virginia Tech 12
By Heather Dinich
MIAMI -- Here's a quick recap of the first half of the Discover Orange Bowl:
Turning point: On second-and-10 from his own 48-yard line, Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor completed a 32-yard pass to Jarrett Boykin for the first down with less than a minute to play. The pass sustained a drive that ended in a 37-yard field goal and made it a one-point game, giving Virginia Tech the momentum heading into the half. It was a seven-play, 60-yard drive that only took 44 seconds.
Stat of the half: Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart, who had a whopping 13 carries before this game, is single-handedly out-rushing the No. 18 rushing offense in the country. The Hokies entered the game averaging 208.92 rushing yards per game and had just 78 in the first half. Stewart had 90 yards and a touchdown.
Best player in the half: Virginia Tech quarterback Taylor. He’s winning the quarterback battle so far, as Stanford’s Andrew Luck has one interception -- though it didn’t amount to any Hokies’ points. Taylor has completed 8 of 16 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for an additional 44.