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Monday, January 3, 2011
Stanford taking control

By Andrea Adelson

MIAMI -- Stanford has put up two quick second-half touchdowns to take control in the Discover Orange Bowl, building a 26-12 lead on Virginia Tech in the third quarter.

The latest score came off a terrible mistake by Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He threw a long ball but didn't see safety Delano Howell coming over. Howell got the easy interception, but Stanford was backed up to its 3.

Stepfan Taylor then had the second 50-plus yard run of the game, going right up the middle for a 56-yard gain. Andrew Luck threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Coby Fleener one play later, and voila, Stanford went ahead. This time, the Cardinal hit their extra point after missing two in this game.

For Virginia Tech, it obviously was a terrible blow to give up a 97-yard drive after one of the biggest mistakes Taylor made on the night. Stanford simply took advantage and is now in the driver's seat. But as ESPN Stats & Information reminds us, the Cardinal have lost their past two bowl games when leading at the half. Will the streak end?