Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is looking more and more like former Huskers’ Heisman winning quarterback Eric Crouch every day. (You Tube video)
Martinez is beginning to slowly gain more and more Heisman attention and his first four games has excited Cornhusker fans. (You Tube video).
Many were interested to see how Nebraska’s freshman quarterback would fare in his first conference game on the road.
Well, he answered those questions and then some.
The freshman sensation rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in front a stunned Manhattan, Kansas crowd of more than 55,000 as #7 ranked Nebraska made a statement in front of an ESPN national television audience, 48-13.
The 6’1 dual-threat quarterback Martinez was an efficient 5 for 7 for 128 which included a 79-yard touchdown pass to Kyler Reed that put the Huskers up 38-6 in the third quarter.
Martinez’s 242 yard rushing performance broke Jammal Lord’s Husker record for a quarterback and his four rushing TDs tied the team’s quarterback record.
The Huskers’ domination was thorough; Nebraska coach Bo Pelini had substituted Martinez with Cody Green with approximately 10 minutes left in the game.
And for Kansas State, they couldn’t match up with the faster Huskers squad and in the fourth quarter, a personal foul was called on Kansas State’s Brandon Harold for a blow to Martinez’s head. However, this didn’t deter Martinez as he continued to run the football with a vengeance and managed to sidestep a tackle and left one final message to Kansas State defenders as he romped 41 yards for a touchdown to make the score, 45-6.
It may be awhile before Nebraska plays Kansas State, because the Huskers will move to the Big 10 in 2011. As of now, the Huskers extended their winning streak over an overwhelmed Kansas Sate team to six and increased their overall record against the Wildcats to 78-15-2.