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Stanford responds in Discover Orange Bowl

1/4/2011

MIAMI -- Well this could be turning into the quarterback duel we all expected.

After watching Tyrod Taylor pull off an incredible touchdown throw -- somehow setting his feet after scrambling, staying in bounds, and throwing into the end zone -- Heisman finalist Andrew Luck responded.

He got a little help from the surprise star of the game so far -- Jeremy Stewart. Thanks to a 26-yard run on the drive, Luck was able to throw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to put the Cardinal back ahead 13-9 in the second quarter. Stewart had a 60-yard touchdown run earlier in the game and now has 90 yards rushing -- surpassing his career high of 73 yards against California in 2007.

The senior running back was limited to seven games this season because of various injuries, but he's making his final game for the Cardinal count. But there is one disconcerting thing for Stanford -- three special teams mistakes already in the game. One missed fake punt, one terrible job fielding the ball inside the 5, and a missed extra point on the second touchdown.