The Stanford Cardinals faced off against the Virginia Tech Hokies last night in the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl. The game took place in Miami Gardens, Florida at the Sun Life Stadium.
Near the end of the first-quarter, Stanford was backed up at their own five-yard line on third-and-10. Andrew Luck dropped back for a pass, but faced heavy pressure from a four-man rush by Virginia Tech's defensive line. The pocket collapsed and Luck was engulfed in a sea of maroon and white jerseys.
Steven Friday—the Hokies' Senior defensive end—managed to get around Stanford's Jonathan Martin and swipe at Luck's legs which sent him crashing forward into the Hokies defensive tackle, John Graves.
As Graves was pulling Luck down, Luck attempted to throw the ball away, but his pass attempt was quickly batted down by the Hokies defensive lineman, Antoine Hopkins.
The football went toward the back of the endzone and straight into the hands of Stanford offensive lineman, Derek Hall. He quickly went down to the ground where he was tagged by Hokies defensive end, Chris Drager. Stanford was charged with a safety.
This is why offensive lineman are taught to only block and push people around. For a player that goes to Stanford, he isn't terribly bright. If he just let the ball go by him, Stanford would have just ended up punting the ball away.
Luckily, Stanford demolished Virginia Tech in the second half, making the two-point safety trivial in the end.