The Stat Line Of The Night — 1/3/11 — Andrew Luck
It has been a storybook season for the Stanford Cardinals, who entered last night’s Orange Bowl ranked fourth in the nation with an 11-1 record. After beating up on Virgina Tech by a score of 40-12, the Cards should have themselves their first top-5 finish since 1940, when they went undefeated and ended the season ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Stanford has a great coaching staff and a stellar defense to thank for much of their success, but the leader of the team the entire was has been quarterback Andrew Luck. With 31 total touchdowns (28 passing, 3 rushing) and only seven interceptions coming into last night’s game, Luck put the finishing touches on a brilliant season that saw him finish second in Heisman voting. Thing may not have started out great for Luck, who threw a pass for a safety at the end of the first quarter, and an interception in the second quarter, but he made up for it with a incredible second half that saw him pass for three touchdowns and solidify the Orange Bowl win for his Cardinals.
When it was all said and done, Luck completed 78% of his passes for 287 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Three of those touchdown passes landed in the hands of Coby Fleener, who finished with 173 yards receiving, but it was Luck’s night as he showed fans and scouts why the Carolina Panthers should use their first-overall pick on him at the 2011 NFL Draft. Luck will have to wait until April to find out where he lands in the draft, but for now he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, January 3, 2011.