Nebraska at Kansas State

Martinez's record night leads Nebraska over KSU wire reports

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Instead of resenting No. 7 Nebraska for leaving the Big 12, maybe Kansas State should thank the Cornhuskers.

Who wants to keep playing a team that always beats you silly?

Quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns and Nebraska ended a 99-year rivalry in the same lopsided fashion it began, thrashing the slower, outmanned Wildcats 48-13 on Thursday night.

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Martinez, a redshirt freshman, pushed his five-game rushing total to 737 yards and also threw a 79-yard scoring pass for the Huskers (5-0), who head off for the Big Ten next year with an domineering overall record against Kansas State (4-1) of 78-15-2.

Unbeaten in their first four games and with senior running back Daniel Thomas averaging 157 yards per game, Kansas State fans had hoped to send the Huskers out the Big 12 door with a loss.

But the Wildcats were helpless against such offensive and defensive speed and the night belonged to Martinez. He broke the team record for rushing yards by a quarterback and tied the team mark for rushing TDs by a quarterback while Thomas was held to 63 yards on 22 carries.

"Pretty much everything we ran was clicking pretty good," Martinez said. "I was making the right reads. I just do what I can do -- make plays."

Nebraska was expecting a pumped-up crowd for its last appearance in Manhattan.

"We are going to play all of these teams in the Big 12 for one last time in the near future," Nebraksa coach Bo Pelini said. "So there is probably motivation there on both sides."

Martinez's rushing total broke Jammal Lord's Nebraska record for a quarterback and his four rushing TDs tied the team quarterback mark. He was 5 of 7 for 128 yards as the Huskers piled up 587 yards of total offense in the conference opener for both teams.

He was replaced by Cody Green with almost 10 minutes left.

"I thought he was the fastest I've ever seen at quarterback," Kansas State defensive end Antonio Felder said of Martinez. "He's got a lot of speed. If you've got a good angle on him, he can still outrun you."

It was not the sort of birthday present Kansas State coach Bill Snyder wanted. He turned 71 on Thursday.

"Happy birthday," he said grimly he opened his postgame news conference. "I hope yours was better than mine.

Snyder said Thomas' second straight sub-par game was not altogether his fault.

"A significant part of it is us," he said. "Daniel is a very fine player. "But like any other player, it takes a whole bunch of guys to make it happen. You know Martinez is an extremely fine football player, but you know he had some help tonight as well."

Helu's run came in a 21-point third quarter that made a rout of what could be the last game these two schools ever play. In a rousing start to their farewell Big 12 tour, the Huskers' shortest touchdown play was 14 yards.

Snyder, who dislikes comparing players, admitted he did not recall a faster quarterback than Martinez.

"He's awfully quick. He's more than just quick. He's quick and he's fast," Snyder said. "And we're not very fast. That's not a good matchup."

Nebraska's scoring drives in the third quarter covered 80 yards in three plays, 68 in one and 80 in two.

"The fans were saying some pretty harsh things when we got here, so we had to shut them up," said Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul.

Kansas State's only TD came on a 2-yard pass on fourth down from Carson Coffman to Chris Harper late in the fourth quarter. Brodrick Smith, Kansas State's sophomore wide receiver, hurt his left leg on the third-down play and was taken off the field on a cart as play was stopped for several minutes.

Martinez got the Huskers rolling with a 14-yard TD run in the first quarter. In the second, he went around right end, the linebacker bit on the fake to the running back, and Martinez went 35 yards to the end zone. He made it 24-3 58 seconds into the third quarter when he burst up the middle through a big hole and raced 80 yards untouched.

"He was 50 yards up the field before I looked up," said Kansas State defensive back David Garrett.

Helu's 68-yard run made it two touchdowns in four plays for the Huskers.

In the fourth quarter, a personal foul was called on Kansas State's Brandon Harold for a blow to Martinez's head when he was stopped on third down. After a 15-yard penalty, Martinez stepped out of an attempted ankle tackle and went 41 yards to the end zone.

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Taylor Martinez runs into the Nebraska record books with 370 total yards, 242 coming on the ground.  (US Presswire)
Taylor Martinez runs into the Nebraska record books with 370 total yards, 242 coming on the ground. (US Presswire)

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Scoring Summary
NETaylor Martinez 14 yd run (Alex Henery kick)
KSSTJosh Cherry 46 yd FG
NETaylor Martinez 35 yd run (Alex Henery kick)
NEAlex Henery 39 yd FG
NETaylor Martinez 80 yd run (Alex Henery kick)
NERoy Helu 68 yd run (Alex Henery kick)
KSSTJosh Cherry 48 yd FG
NEKyler Reed 79 yd pass from Taylor Martinez (Alex Henery kick)
NETaylor Martinez 41 yd run (Alex Henery kick)
KSSTChris Harper 2 yd pass from Carson Coffman (Josh Cherry kick)
NEAlex Henery 40 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2120
Third Down Efficiency4-98-18
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-2
Plays-Net Yards52-58771-315
Passing Yds136135
Kick Return Yds48186
Punt Return Yds013
Time of Poss.25:2934:31
Individual Stats
NE: Taylor Martinez 15-241, Roy Helu 8-110, Rex Burkhead 11-57, Cody Green 4-28, Austin Jones 3-10, Dontrayevous Robinson 1-5
KSST: Daniel Thomas 22-63, Carson Coffman 7-45, Collin Klein 6-33, Sammuel Lamur 3-20, William Powell 3-10, Tramaine Thompson 1-8, Braden Wilson 1-3, Team 1--2
NE: Taylor Martinez 5-7-128-0, Cody Green 1-3-8-0
KSST: Carson Coffman 14-22-91-1, Sammuel Lamur 3-3-28-0, Collin Klein 2-2-16-0
NE: Mike McNeill 2-25, Kyler Reed 1-79, Niles Paul 1-17, Will Henry 1-8, Ben Cotton 1-7
KSST: Daniel Thomas 8-36, Aubrey Quarles 5-57, Braden Wilson 2-18, Chris Harper 2-13, Adrian Hilburn 2-11

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