NCAA Football 14 suggests big year for Martinez
Week 6: Nebraska 38, Illinois 28
Nebraska seemed a bit rusty after the first bye week, falling behind 14-7 early in the second quarter. But the Huskers would score the next 31 points, capped off by a pick six by Jonathan Rose. Illinois scored a touchdown with 6:47 remaining, but that was as close as the Illini would get. Abdullah had his best game of the season with a 117-yard day.
Martinez: 14-26 for 118 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 12 rushes for 83 yards, 2 touchdowns
Week 7: Nebraska 34, Purdue 28 (OT)
The Boilermakers entered the game with just one win but gave NU all it could handle. Martinez found Jake Long for a two-yard score to tie the game with 6:57 remaining and after no one else could score, the game went to overtime. After the Blackshirts forced an interception, Quincy Enunwa snared a touchdown to help the Huskers escape.
Martinez: 25-43 for 260 yards, 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 21 rushes for 97 yards
Week 9: Nebraska 55, Minnesota 17
There was no letdown after NU's second bye week. The Huskers scored 41 points in the second half to pull away after leading 14-10 at the half. Backup quarterback Tommy Armstrong made the most of his garbage time in the fourth quarter - the redshirt freshman threw the first two touchdown passes of his career.
Martinez: 19-23 for 244 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception, 6 rushes for 36 yards
Week 10: Nebraska 40, Northwestern 21
Looking to pull off another upset in Lincoln, the Wildcats led 14-3 early in the second quarter. But the Huskers awoke and scored the game's next 24 points, including a pair of long touchdown runs by Martinez.
Martinez: 18-26 for 363 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 13 rushes for 127 yards, 2 touchdowns
Week 11: Nebraska 34, Michigan 20
Devin Gardner gave the Blackshirts some real problems early on, but the Huskers took the lead for good on a 45-yard touchdown reception by Enunwa. Pat Smith connected on four of his five field goal tries and Cross rushed for a pair of scores to keep Nebraska unbeaten.
Martinez: 18-28 for 238 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 15 rushes for 80 yards
Week 12: Nebraska 31, Michigan State 24
Just like last year's contest in East Lansing, the Huskers trailed the Spartans entering the final quarter. Smith booted a 33-yard field goal to tie the game on the first play of the fourth and Cross found the end zone from three yards out with 5:44 left. Nebraska intercepted Andrew Maxwell to end MSU's comeback hopes. Martinez didn't have any turnovers but submitted a pretty mundane game.
Martinez: 15-30 for 210 yards, 2 touchdowns, 15 rushes for 50 yards
Week 13: Nebraska 36, Penn State 6
There were no controversial fumbles in this year's game. The Nebraska offense cooled off after scoring 30 first-half points, including Jordan Westerkamp's first career touchdown catch and a 64-yard interception return for touchdown by Harvey Jackson. The Huskers could only manage a pair of Smith field goals after intermission, but the Blackshirts ensured that would be more than enough.
Martinez: 20-35 for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, 10 rushes for 48 yards
Week 14: Nebraska 35, Iowa 10
The Huskers continued their domination over Iowa behind a trio of touchdown passes by Martinez. Michael Rose submitted his best performance of the season, registering nine tackles, including a sack, and an interception.
Martinez: 18-30 for 268 yards, 3 touchdowns, 16 rushes for 56 yards, 1 touchdown
Big Ten Championship: Ohio State 45, Nebraska 24
The Huskers' struggles in conference title games continued as NU suffered its first loss of the season against the top-ranked Buckeyes. Nebraska pulled with 17-14 in the second quarter but OSU scored two touchdowns in the final 3:23 of the first half to pull away. Ohio State piled up 253 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, including four by Carlos Hyde.
Martinez: 14-23 for 202 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 19 rushes for 105 yards, 2 touchdowns
Orange Bowl: Nebraska 42, Maryland 20
The Huskers erased the pain of the Big Ten title game loss to wax Maryland and secure a BCS bowl game win. Martinez was extremely efficient, missing on just five passes and throwing for three scores. Cross was a beast once again, finishing with 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
Martinez: 17-22 for 226 yards, 3 touchdowns, 13 rushes for 71 yards, 1 touchdown
***It's safe to say Martinez did his part - the senior threw for 34 touchdowns, breaking Zac Taylor's single-season school record, and won the Heisman trophy in a close vote over Johnny Manziel and Braxton Miller.
His final numbers: 247-385 (64.2 percent) for 3,264 yards, 34 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 196 rushes for 1,032 yards (5.2 average), 11 touchdowns
***Four Huskers were named second-team All-Americans - Smith, center Cole Pensick, right guard Spencer Long and defensive tackle Thad Randle.
***Nine Huskers made the Big Ten's first team, including Cross, Rose, Mauro Bondi (at punter), linebackerDavid Santos, defensive tackle Kevin Williams and defensive end Jason Ankrah.
***Cross was the biggest surprise of the season, stealing the starting role from Abdullah to rush for 1,157 yards and 15 touchdowns. Abdullah finished with 609 yards and six scores in exactly half as many carries.
***Ohio State won the national championship.