January 03, 2011
Tyrod Taylor's already a star in the ACC, where he was the offensive player of the year and posted the best pass-efficiency rating for the second year in a row at the head of the conference's highest-scoring offense. The rest of the country got its education Monday night in the Orange Bowl, particularly the Stanford defense, which had been victimized by a pair of eye-opening Taylor scrambles in the first half. Unfortunately for Taylor and Virginia Tech, they were routed by the Cardinal in the second half.
But that didn't take away from this early in the second quarter, a sideline pirouette that left linebacker Owen Marecic grasping at air and a subsequent rope to running back David Wilson in the end zone that left everyone watching grasping for words:
Take a second to reset your jaw, if necessary. It's OK – just give it a good shove and it'll pop right back in.
Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, a few feet from the play on the Cardinal sideline, argued that Taylor stepped out of bounds, even though he told Taylor he never did:
“Tyrod looked over at me and said, `Was I inbounds?”’ Harbaugh said. “I go, `Yes, you were inbounds. And that was one heck of a play, young man.”’
[Read more: John Elway scouts Harbaugh at Orange Bowl]
The throw and catch held up to give the Hokies their first lead of the night, 9-7. Ever resilient, though, Stanford immediately responded with an eight-play, 79-yard touchdown drive to move back in front, 13-9, on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Zach Ertz and the Cardinal never looked back. They didn't do it with the flair of a whirling dervish who has a rifle hanging from one shoulder, but it was spectacular nonetheless.
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