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Stanford scores first in Orange Bowl

MIAMI -- Virginia Tech and Stanford looked rust early in the Discover Orange Bowl, but not surprisingly it was the quick-strike Cardinal offense that scored first.

What did come as a surprise is the person who scored. Backup running back Jeremy Stewart went through a gaping hole on the left side of the offensive line and ran for a 60-yard touchdown to put the Cardinal up 7-0 with 6:16 to go in the first quarter.

It was the longest run of Stewart's career, and the longest run in Stanford bowl history. Stewart only had 13 carries this season for 39 yards and a touchdown. Stanford only needed 1:52 to score. Remember, Stanford has now outscored opponents 152-34 in the first quarter this season.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was also the first touchdown run of 60 or more yards in the Orange Bowl since Spencer Tillman ran for a 77-yard score in 1987 against Arkansas. There have only been seven touchdowns of that length in the history of the Orange Bowl.