Big day for Martinez

Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez joined Eric Crouch as one of only two Huskers quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 career yards and run for 2,000 career yards.


Lincoln, NE - Saturday was a very special day for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. The junior turned 22-years old and celebrated with a 42-13 win over Arkansas State.

He also became one of Nebraska's most decorated statical quarterbacks in program history.

With 54 rushing yards on 11 carries, Martinez became just the second Husker quarterback to ever record 2,000 career rushing yards and 4,000 career passing yards. The other was former Heisman winner Eric Crouch. Martinez was just the 25th FBS quarterback to reach the milestone and more could be on the way.

If Martinez continues the pace he's on, he could become just the eighth quarterback in FBS since 1998 to run for over 3,000 career yards and pass for over 5,000 career yards. The others were: Pat White (West Virginia 05-08), Brad Smith (Missouri 02-05), Antwaan Randle El (Indiana 98-01), Joshua Cribbs (Kent State 01-04),Vince Young (Texas 03-05), Collin Kaepernick (Nevada 07-10), and Dennard Robinson (Michigan 09-present).

Focusing on his single game performance, Martinez completed 13-of-14 passes, good for a 92.9 completion rate – the all-time Nebraska record with at least 10 attempts.

With a 248.0 single-game quarterback efficiency rating, Martinez now has the school's fifth single-game performance.

"He was very efficient," Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck said after the game. "I told him 'just be patient and you are going to give us opportunities.' He looked poised and understood where he needed to go with the ball."

Martinez has now thrown for seven touchdowns in 2012, to just one interception. He owns a 70.1 percent completion rate.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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