The 4th-ranked Stanford Cardinal won their first bowl game in 14 years, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies, 40-12, in the Orange Bowl, on Monday night. The Associated Press, courtesy of, has the story, below.

Orange Bowl MVP Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates with fans after Stanford won 40-14 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida.


John Elway flashed his familiar grin and Jim Harbaugh gave a jubilant shout from the sideline as Andrew Luck sprinted up the field to join a celebration in the end zone.

Nearly a quarter remained in the Orange Bowl, but the Stanford Cardinal (No. 4 BCS, No. 5 AP) were on the way to their first bowl victory in 14 years. And it was a blowout.

Now, the biggest question that remains about the Cardinal is whether their star quarterback and coach are coming back.