Martinez, Nebraska rolls Washington 56-21
By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer Sep 18, 8:44 pm EDT

SEATTLE (AP)—Every Nebraska fan and probably most of the players were wondering how Taylor Martinez would do in his first road start as the Cornhuskers’ quarterback.

So before No. 8 Nebraska kicked off against Washington, Huskers tight end Mike McNeill figured he might as well ask the redshirt freshman, “are you nervous?”

If he was, it didn’t show.

Fearless and confident, Martinez ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns— including the longest TD run by a freshman in Nebraska history—threw for another 150 yards and a score and the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers overwhelmed Washington 56-21 on Saturday.

“I just don’t get scared or nervous at all,” Martinez said.

Martinez scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and went 80 yards for a TD on the first play of the second half. Roy Helu Jr. added 110 yards and touchdown runs of 65 and 8 yards and the Cornhuskers ran for 383 yards against the Huskies’ manhandled defense.

Rex Burkhead added 104 yards and a 19-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was the first time Washington has allowed three 100-yard rushers in history.

“I was asking him before the game, ‘are you nervous?”’ said McNeill, who caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Martinez. “And he said, ‘you’re more nervous than I am.’ I think the kid just has ice water in his veins.

“He’s Taylor. He’s confident. He’s ready to go. There’s nothing that phases him.”

While Martinez was tormenting the Washington defense, Jake Locker was slogging through the worst game of his career, on a day the Huskies needed him to be Heisman-worthy to have a chance.

Earlier this week, Nebraska safety Ricky Thenarse said the goal was making Locker prove he was worthy of all his accolades.

Locker failed. He wasn’t even average.

“I didn’t really hook up with anybody,” Locker said. “I just think they did a really good job within their defense and I tried to force a few balls when I could have dropped it down to other guys. A lot of factors didn’t allow us to be really consistent in the passing game today.”

Pressured by the Cornhuskers’ front, and unable to find receivers breaking open against Nebraska’s aggressive secondary, Locker made mistake after mistake. He finished 4 of 20 for 71 yards and two interceptions, but added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown. His best throw of the day came on Washington first possession of the second half, a 45-yard touchdown toss to Jermaine Kearse.

That was it. Forget the Heisman, Locker was clearly not the best quarterback on the field Saturday.

“Besides the blown coverage we had … I think he had like 30 yards passing,” Nebraska safety DeJon Gomes said. “I think that’s a pretty good day if you ask me.”

Nebraska (3-0) led 28-14 at halftime. On the first play of the second half, Washington’s defense collapsed on the dive fake, leaving Martinez clear to run through an arm tackle and sprint for the score.

Washington (1-2) never got closer than 14 and the 56 points tied the most ever allowed by the Huskies at home.

“I know we’re a better football team than what we put on the field today in all three phases,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I know we can tackle better than that. I know we can throw the football better than that and I know we can protect the quarterback better than that.”

While Locker was busy falling out of the Heisman race, Martinez might have inserted himself. After cleaning up on Western Kentucky and Idaho at home to begin his career, he took his show on the road and made a statement about the Cornhuskers place in the Big 12. The Huskers might just be at the top of the heap.

Locker’s first pass of the day was woefully underthrown and Eric Hagg darted in front of the poor pass, the first turnover of the season for Locker.

It took Nebraska two plays—both for 24 yards—to take the lead, with Martinez throwing to McNeill for a TD. Martinez added a 1-yard plunge after hitting Brandon Kinnie for 55 yards on the Cornhuskers second possession.

But Martinez’s best throw of the day came early in the second quarter. Washington had closed to 14-7 and the Cornhuskers faced third-and-16 at their 49. Given time to throw, Martinez found Niles Paul for 21 yards and three plays later Helu scored the first of his two touchdowns.

“I told Taylor ‘I thought you served a little notice today,’ because when I was recruiting him there were some Pac-10 coaches scoffing at the idea we were recruiting him as a quarterback,” Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said.

Washington cut the lead to 21-14 after backup quarterback Cody Green entered for one series and promptly fumbled at the Nebraska 17.

Martinez re-entered and the Cornhuskers run game rolled off 13 straight run plays for 208 yards and three touchdowns at the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters. After Washington finally forced a Nebraska punt, Locker was intercepted for the second time with Alfonzo Dennard returning the interception 31 yards for a score.

“There’s still a lot more out there for us, there’s still a lot for us to clean up,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “We have a long way to go, but this was a good step along the way.”

Updated Sep 18, 8:44 pm EDT
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Head to Head - Week 3

Team Total Yds Pass Yds Rush Yds First Downs 3rdD% Pen./Yds Turnovers Time of Poss.
Nebraska 533 150 383 21 58.3% 7/49 1 34:48
Washington 246 71 175 13 28.6% 2/15 2 25:12

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    Shorthornsteers 27 minutes ago Report Abuse
    way to go Huskers, but you still have a lot of work to get better. us fans can look ahead, but the Blackshirts need to keep their heads in the game and feet on the ground.

    as I said I am a fan, not a player, and i have my ticket to Dallas for Dec 4th to see My Huskers play the Sooners.

    good game Huskies, wish you nothing but luck. I would like nothing better than you to compete for the Pac 10 title
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    Phil 5 hours ago Report Abuse
    FYI Washingrton Huskie fans - Your boy Dawgmeat just posted how "awesome" it was that Kenny McKinley died. Go check out the article to see this outrageous statement. I hope Dawegmeat gets rapedd by the biggest buck out there
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    A Yahoo! User 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    Dawgmeat, indeed that 5th down call ranks as one of the top five of all time, and many seem to forget that call.

    However I think the one that tops that is 1982 Nebraska vs. Penn State. Neb was ranked No. 2 and PSU No. 8. Neb fell behind 14-0 and then dominated PSU and outscored them 24-7 with 1:18 left.

    Todd Blackledge drove PSU down and with 12 seconds left in the game Todd Blackledge threw and 18 yard pass down to the 2 yard line which Mike McCloskey caught. Only problem is McCloskey was 3 feet out of bounds. With 8 seconds left Blackledge then threw a 2 yard TD to Kirk Bowman who trapped the ball on the ground and the refs called it a TD. Remember this was before instant replay and that play was one of the biggest reasons why we have instant replay today.

    Nebraska finished 12-1 and ranked No. 2 while PSU finished 12-1. After the game in which Neb was robbed the Huskers fell to No. 8 in the polls while PSU jumped up to No. 2.

    Here is the best part.......after that game the following week Neb ripped apart No. 21 Auburn who beat Alabama. Alabama that same weekend crushed PSU. PSU then fell to No. 8 while Neb went up to No. 6. Hang on for the best part and how jive the system is..........

    On Nov 6th PSU beat 6-5 N.C. State while Nebraska beat Oklahoma State. For no rational reason whatsoever when the polls were released after the weekend, PSU had jumped ahead of Nebraska.

    20 years after the game in 1982 Mike McCloskey, in and interview stated he was way out of bounds on the catch and he never should have been ruled in bounds.

    In 1999 Sports Illustrated ranked it as the 2nd worst call in the history of college football.

    PSU truly had a national title handed to them. All anyone talked about in 1982 was that horrific call and the pollsters had a chance to correct it and have PSU and Neb split the title but they blew it.
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    Dawgmeat 17 hours ago Report Abuse
    Elijah ..... how can you mention bad calls that have gone against Missouri in the past and not bring up the worst call in the history of college football ? Colorado getting a 5th down to score the game winning TD. the call .... in and of itself was absolutely an embarrassment to officiating ...... how could there not be a single official that didnt notice it was 5th down ???? even after Missouris coaching staff was going berserk they didnt change the call. but what made that call so horrible was that Colorado ended up splitting the national championship with Georgia Tech that season. they wouldve NEVER gotten that split if not for that call .... if CU had any honor they wouldve forfeited that game.

    now to Washington ..... the defense is horrible, im beginning to think Nick Holt is a fraud. the defense is every bit as bad as it was in 2008 .... 15 games under Holts system and theyre still getting smoked. i understand he doesnt have a great deal of players on D .... but less known DCs have turned other defenses around quicker with less talent. on offense, i dont know what the hell Sarkisian is doing .... hes trying to force a square peg through a round hole. the Huskies can run the ball pretty d*mned well .... but he continues to try and force the ball in the air. if he hands the ball off to Polk 25 times a game .... they would be a much better team. off the bat ..... a ball control offense will keep our atrocious defense off the field.
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    Hunter C Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:00 am PDT Report Abuse
    Prophecy 1:

    Locker will not be drafted as the first overall pick in next year's NFL draft.

    Prophecy 2:

    Locker is wholly inaccurate as a passer (career high of 58% is the equivalent of a 40% completion percentage of the 1980s, before the massive adoption of the short passing strategy in college and the pro league).

    Prophecy 3:

    Sarkasian, a terrible coach and woeful strategist, will be coaching quarterbacks (or rather, fetching water bottles for them) at Southern Cal.

    Thus it is written, thus it shall be so.
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    OregonHusker Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:12 pm PDT Report Abuse
    I don't know why Dawgmeat isn't banned here. Insulting people is all it can do...An embarrassment to Husky fans everywhere.
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    Elijah Sun Sep 19, 2010 05:34 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Ouch. OK, Nebraska won. They have a powerhouse, it is all the talk in the big 12. Everyone thinks they will win the 12. Maybe so, I'm hoping that the success Missouri has had will carry them through the season. I know some Washington fans are looking at BYU stumbling through the last two games. Keep looking though. Did you see how well Air Force did against Oklahoma? Even Florida has a hard time of it in the FSU home field, and BYU hurt themselves against Washington and Air Force. Both Washington and BYU are in the building phase. I think BYU will be the better team next year, and probably for the next three as long as Jake Heaps, a Washington native, plays there. He reminds me of a young Steve Young, only better.
    I think the other Jake will carry the team through a winning season this year. Over the next two I think Washington will be ranked.
    I've never stopped being a Missouri fan just because they have had some famously bad calls against them, one against Nebraska in 1994 when out of nowhere after the play was called dead a flag was thrown against Missouri to let Nebraska have that one more chance to win the game.
    I've never been a Nebraska fan, but I recognize when they have the better team. I think it's important for Nebraska and Oklahoma to have great teams year in and year out it keeps the big twelve on their tows trying to beat those two. Texas has carried the ball for to long. I think its important for USC to be a great team in the PAC-10, and for Michigan to be the monster of the Big-10. Those teams give our teams something to shoot for.
    I think Washington should bring in a couple of top ranked offensive linemen who can protect the quarterback so they can beat BYU next year. It isn't easy for coaches to always get the guys they are after. Most of the heavy weights go to Florida or Florida State.
    Keep your chins up out there in Washington. Work at understanding the bigger picture. Be happy when someone in the PAC-10 does well it keeps the BCS open to the PAC-10. It also helps other subdivisions like the WAC, and the Mountain West break into the BCS. The more western teams that get in the better. Go Boise State!
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    Ingersoll Sun Sep 19, 2010 02:42 pm PDT Report Abuse
    A Boise guy judging the strength of opponents. Now that's funny...
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    go chiefs Sun Sep 19, 2010 01:00 pm PDT Report Abuse
    okay neb. you won now i really dont care about college f.b. the b.c.s is a absolute joke my only interest in nebraska is a family member on the team before getting all excited about a meaningless national title and such just wait and see how the season plays out before making guarantee's on wins or titles washington wasnt that good of team you have texas and well maybee oklahoma so just wait and see hopefully some huskers make it in the pros but, all thier college accomplishments mean nothing at the highest level of play so take it easy and see what happens
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    Ryan Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:54 am PDT Report Abuse
    I think the people making comments on here should stop ridiculing Washington and Jake Locker, and start giving credit to Nebraska. Locker had all this hype around him for a reason. Maybe Washington had a bad game because they played a great team, not because they suck.
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    Fuelectric Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:13 am PDT Report Abuse
    I have the feeling Nebraska is one of the teams to watch out for emerging into a national power this year. As long as Polini is there, this team is going to to be back on the map. On the flip side it seemed while a ton of points were scored on the defense, that was expected especially considering the lousy situations the offense kept putting them in. I thought the areas of concern for Washington like the lines, didn't do that well, while the one player of their team which all the excitement has been built around....Locker, was as overrated as can be. The o-line did alright, and if the passing game was more on, Washington could have kept in this game a little more with a team I think is going to win the Big 12
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    K A Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:02 am PDT Report Abuse
    Perhaps Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian should spend more time coaching his team, rather than being a jerk towards the Reggie Bush situation. Those precious seconds blasting Bush could have been better used to coach his players in the fundamentals of tackling, throwing and protecting the QB.
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    dvda Sun Sep 19, 2010 09:24 am PDT Report Abuse
    Washington needs to use chris polk more! he isnt the biggest guy on the field but he has a ton of heart and is a good runner.
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    ranimal Sun Sep 19, 2010 09:03 am PDT Report Abuse
    LMAO, the puppies are the laughing stock of the college football world. locker SUCKS, really, who else are you going to beat? not ASU, they pretty much own you period. arizona...no way in hell. wash st, nope, its now called the apple sauce cup. just fold your team before they put you in the big sky conference. what a joke of a team, and your spokes person dawg is a waste of human flesh.
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    m Sun Sep 19, 2010 09:02 am PDT Report Abuse
    locker sucked it up. the only big game he has came thru and win was the usc game last year and we really saw how bad that team was last year. we need a defense that can play defense. steve emtman where are you, we need you on the d-line. Im a huskies fan but it's the same team as last year no defense and locker shaky in big games.
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    Vince Sun Sep 19, 2010 07:59 am PDT Report Abuse
    Sarkisian should think seriously to hire a better defensive coordinator.
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    Corey Brubaker Sun Sep 19, 2010 07:48 am PDT Report Abuse
    yay the cornholers beat another high school team!!!! bring on bayside high next week and still stay overly ranked and overrated!!! hooray!!!
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    A Yahoo! User Sun Sep 19, 2010 07:34 am PDT Report Abuse
    Just before the game Locker was considered one of the best NFL prospects at qb in college football & also a Hiesman canidate. Now many fans are saying he's gargage....they must not realize Pelinis Blackshirts have made a habit out of making very very good qbs look very very bad. Im sure Locker will go on to do great things.
    As for Nebraskas offense, they were only picked by 3.5 points for very good reasons......1. An offense that was very bad last year. 2. A true freshman qb on his first road game. 3. Playing at a very very loud hostile staduim. Although Martinez made some mistake which is only to be expected by any new player no matter how talented, he & the rest of the offense shined liked diamonds.
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    ALX Sun Sep 19, 2010 07:30 am PDT Report Abuse
    locker is crap .has been overrated 4 ever , what is this his 7 th year at washed-up U
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    Fernando Sun Sep 19, 2010 07:12 am PDT Report Abuse
    neb dominated wash from the get go, as for kellen moore ha! u gota be kidding me locker is 3x a better qb than moore will ever be, boise st would get manhandle against the huskers it be a man against boys if neb were up against boise st, keep dreamin gayB! boise will NEVER win a nat champ
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    GaryB Sun Sep 19, 2010 06:36 am PDT Report Abuse
    No disrespect to Locker intended, but so happy we ended up with the best qb out of the state of Washington in Kellen Moore at BSU. Won't really know how good the Huskers are until they play somebody, i.e. they have another tough one this week in Lincoln against South Dakota State.
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    go chiefs Sun Sep 19, 2010 06:33 am PDT Report Abuse
    the huskers claim another cup cake
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    Michael M Sun Sep 19, 2010 02:17 am PDT Report Abuse
    Nebraska's offense seems to be clicking this season. They had the excellent defense last year, but the offense didn't help them a lot. Perhaps the Huskers are ready to roll back into the title picture again. Which is hard to say for a CU Buff fan...but then, the Buffs are moving to the Pac 10. I miss the days of the old Big 8 Conference (never got into the Big 12).
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    Duke Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:47 am PDT Report Abuse
    Ah, yet another date-less Saturday for Dawgp*ssy. Nothing to do all day and all night but rant and rave at the lamest sports site known to man.

    I will admit, though, that's it's hysterical that all his posts are hidden within 10 minutes of his pudgy sausage-fingers pounding them out on his mom's computer. Thumbs-down ... thumbs-down ... thumbs-down ... HIDDEN. Cracks me up every time.

    See you in Eugene, Dawgdouche. Oh, no, I won't ... you're too big of a p*ssy to travel to a game.
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    James2010 Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:09 am PDT Report Abuse
    Locker, way overrated. The guy looked like a junior college QB!

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 Top Performers
 Nebraska
T. Martinez T. Martinez, QB
7-11, 150 yds
1 TD
19 Rush, 137 yds, 3 TDs
 Washington
J. Locker J. Locker, QB
4-20, 71 yds
1 TD, 2 INTs
11 Rush, 59 yds, 1 TD

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