2008 Orange Bowl
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2008 Orange Bowl KU-VT
- Aqib Talib talks about his MVP performance and Deion Sanders impersonation
- Dexton Fields talks about letting this one sink in for a bit before getting hyped for 2008
- Joe Mortensen discusses outplaying Virginia Tech's defense
- Justin Thornton talks about his pivotal pick deep in VT territory Thursday night
- KU coach Mark Mangino and players (Talib, Thornton, Mortensen, Reesing) took the podium for a moment after clinching the 2008 Orange Bowl win
- Marcus Henry talks about answering a daunting Virginia Tech defense
- Todd Reesing talks about proving doubters from all along the road wrong on his team's biggest stage yet
- VT linebacker Xavier Adibi talks about the toughness Todd Reesing displayed Thursday
- VT receiver Justin Harper talks about his level of respect for Aqib Talib after the Orange Bowl
- VT running back Branden Ore talks about what the Hokie offense saw all night from the KU defense
Miami Virginia Tech's football team had one tangible chance to tie Thursday's Orange Bowl game in the second half.
But Joe Mortensen's unblocked body put a quick end to it.
Mortensen, Kansas University's junior linebacker, blocked a field goal with 6:31 left in the third quarter to keep Kansas up by three. It proved huge, as the Jayhawks ended up beating the Hokies, 24-21, at Dolphin Stadium.
"Coach (Bill) Young (called an) all-out block," Mortensen said. "We've been practicing it. We got great penetration by the defensive line. I just turned my shoulder, slipped through and blocked it. I just dipped my shoulder like coach Young teaches us all week."
Mortensen came out of the right side of the line and got a full body into the kick, a 25-yard attempt by Jud Dunlevy. Todd Haselhorst recovered the block, and Kansas stayed in front, 17-14.
Virginia Tech never had a better chance to take the game back.
"I felt that was an important play because it would have really tied up the game," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "When the game's tied, it's a new game. As long as we had a little bit of an edge, I think our kids would continue to hang on to that."
Mortensen is one of the small guys on the field-goal block team, which he thinks helped him.
"I've got a 290-, 300-pound defensive tackle right next to me, and (the Virginia Tech player) sees a 240 linebacker, so who's he going to block?" Mortensen said. "He put a little too much effort into him, I slipped through and blocked it."
2008 Orange Bowl
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- Jayhawk heaven (01-04-08)
- Game doesn't 'fit' for Tech (01-04-08)
- Ads promoting Kansas run during Orange Bowl (01-04-08)
- Orange Bowl notebook (01-04-08)
- How they scored (01-04-08)
- KU-Virginia Tech Box Score
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- 2007 Roster
- 2007 Depth Chart