With a freshman quarterback, Taylor Martinez, the Nebraska Huskers offense has improved by 10000000% (of course not an actual fact) from last season when Zac Lee running the offense. Martinez set many records in this one game against Kansas State and is setting the foundation for many other records; such as most running yards by a Freshman. The Nebraska Huskers man handled the Kansas State Wild Cats by winning 48-13. Kansas State didn't even have a touchdown until the 4th quarter on a 4th & goal play.
If you looked at the box score Martinez looks like a ball hog, he recorded 128 yards passing with 1 passing touchdown and 241 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns, but if you watched the game you'd see he didn't purposely keep the ball. The offensive lines protection of Martinez gave him no choice he had to take it himself, this is awful I know. Martinez did share some of the wealth; second top rusher of the game (both Huskers and Wild Cats) was Roy Helu Jr. who rushed for 110 yards and 1 rushing touchdown, and Kyler Reed caught a ball from Martinez for a receiving touchdown (which added on to his school record of most career receiving touchdowns by a tight end). Huskers's scoring plays were: a 14 yard run by Martinez in the 1st quarter (7-0); 35 yard run by Martinez and a 39 yard field goal by Alex Henery in the 2nd quarter (17-3); 80 yard run by Martinez, 68 yard run by Roy Helu Jr., and a 79 yard pass by Martinez to Kyler Reed in the 3rd quarter (38-6); and 41 yard run by Martinez, and a 40 yard field goal by Henery (48-13).
Heisman candidate, or was, Daniel Thomas was the leading rusher for Kansas State but with only 63 yards rushing and no touchdowns rushing or receiving. Carson Coffman, Kansas State quarterback, threw 91 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Coffman recorded second top rusher for Kansas State with 45 yards. The Wild Cat defense did sack Martinez a few times.
The Huskers were playing it safe with Taylor Martinez, and the offense, after a unconvincing win against South Dakota State, their last game, where the Huskers only won by 13-3. Martinez threw for only 140 yards with 1 touchdown, and threw 2 interceptions, and ran for 75 yards with 0 touchdowns, and he was the leading rusher in this game as well.
Martinez for Heisman!
Link to box score: http://es.pn/bJBULY
"Purple Pounding: Martinez, Huskers Roar Past 'Cats, Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/bwRRyC
Photos, Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/aWJReJ