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Luck, Harbaugh light it up

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Andrew Luck were non-committal about their futures after Monday night's 40-12 rout of Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Harbaugh, asked repeatedly about whether he would leave Stanford after the game, refused to offer any clues.

On the victory podium after the game, Harbaugh's statement to his players might have been construed as a farewell comment. Said the hot-commodity coach: "To all of our players, I thought they played with great poise; especially in the second half, they fought the whole time. I love our guys. They respect the game. They respect the process of preparing and doing all the little things."

Luck was 18 of 23 for 287 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception. A bunch of his throws were to wide-open receivers, a testament to the offensive design and play-calling of Harbaugh. But Luck was very impressive nonetheless. His first touchdown pass was a bullet into decent coverage right on the money. He showed impressive elusiveness from his own 10 yard line when he was forced by heavy pressure to scramble to his right and throw a hard strike for a 30-some-yard completion.

Harbaugh is rumored to be a strong candidate to return to coach his alma mater, Michigan. He probably could have his pick of the San Francisco 49ers or Denver Broncos head coaching jobs, too.

Luck acknowledged that his decision on whether to turn pro will be impacted by Harbaugh's decision.

"It will definitely be an impact," Luck said, "but I don't know how much, to be honest."

---Mark Gaughan

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