Taylor Martinez is running wild for the roses.
Trailing Wisconsin, 14-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game, which is for the conference title and the right to take on Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Nebraska needed a big play. Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez delivered.
Lined up in the shotgun, Martinez was getting ready to scan the field for a pass, but he never got a chance as an unblocked defender was charging in not far behind the ball.
Martinez eluded the rusher and then put a monster juke on him with a change of direction. However, that change of direction led him close to his own end zone, which is typically a terrible decision. No problem for Martinez.
He made three more defenders miss before crossing the line of scrimmage, and by that point, he had already run about 25 yards. You'd think he'd be close to getting gassed. Nope.
He just kept on running and juking, and 76 yards later, he had his team's first score of the game. You will be hard-pressed to find a more remarkable run from this season.
Martinez will have to keep producing big plays for Nebraska if it is to come back and beat Wisconsin. He is the motor that makes this offense go.
Martinez has had a nice season. He came into this game having passed for 2,483 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions to go with the 833 yards rushing at an average of 5.3 yards per carry.
This has easily been his most prolific season in terms of passing the ball and it is where he has made the most progress, but as we saw with this run, the kid can still get it done with his feet.