Following Stanford’s decisive Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech, Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck is the man getting all the attention and accolades the day after. And that’s all well deserve — Luck was outstanding, and earned the honor of Orange Bowl MVP. But let’s not forget about running back Jeremy Stewart, who was surprisingly outstanding for Stanford, as well.
Stewart’s first touch of the game was a 60-yard rush on a perfectly blocked off tackle run to the left, which set the Cardinal up for its first score of the game. From there, Stewart went on to carry 17 more times, totaling 137 yards and two touchdowns.
As our Stanford blog, Rule Of Tree, points out, Stewart’s performance couldn’t have been more unexpected. Coming into the Orange Bowl, the senior had rushed for just 38 yards on 13 carries all season. He’s had a rough season, which started with an injury in Week 1, causing him to miss six games. Other running backs saw the bulk of the carries behind Stanford’s dominating offensive line throughout the season, but Stewart proved on the biggest stage that he can carry the ball more than effectively, as well.
For much more on the Cardinal’s Orange Bowl win, check in throughout the day with Rule Of Tree, which will have much more on the game.