Huskers leave ‘Cats in dust with big plays
Taylor Martinez produced the best rushing performance by a quarterback in Nebraska football history as the No. 7 Cornhuskers sprinted past previously unbeaten Kansas State, 48-13, in Manhattan.
The freshman from Corona, Calif., finished with 241 yards on just 15 carries after passing the 200-yard mark on Nebraska’s opening drive of the second half with an 80-yard touchdown run to stake the Huskers to a 24-3 lead.
He completed 5 of 7 passes for 128 yards, compiling 369 total-offense yards despite leaving the game with more than 10 minutes remaining.
The dominance of the young quarterback set up his fellow Huskers for big plays as the game progressed. On NU’s next play from scrimmage after Martinez’s 80-yard burst, he handed off to Roy Helu Jr. and the senior I-back exploded for a 68-yard touchdown run. Helu finished with 110 yards on eight carries.
The big plays also included a 79-yard TD reception by Kyler Reed. In all, Nebraska rolled up 587 yards of total offense on just 52 plays for a school-record 11.3 yards per play.
With the win, the Huskers improved to 6-0 all-time in Thursday night ESPN games.