It’s déjà vu all over again.
Nebraska was 2-0 and a young hotshot quarterback named Taylor Martinez was taking Husker Nation by storm.
He’d performed well within the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium, but how would he handle a fairly intimidating venue such as Husky Stadium in Seattle?
It turns out that the opposing fan base didn’t faze “T-Magic” much.
Nine carries, 139 yards and three touchdowns later, Martinez made it very clear that it didn’t matter where he was playing.
These Huskies couldn’t touch him.
During one play, that statement was all too obvious as Martinez scampered down the field for an 80-yard touchdown run pulled straight out of a video game.
He was one of three Cornhuskers that would break the 100-yard rushing mark (in addition to Helu, Jr. and Burkhead).
Martinez also had a better day through the air than the vaunted Jake Locker. Locker went four-of-20 for 71 yards, one TD and two INT while Martinez went seven-of-11 for 150 yards and a TD.
The Blackshirts were in rare form, holding Washington to a scant 246 yards in total while the Nebraska offense churned out 533 yards.
To say that Locker’s draft status dropped that day would be putting it mildly.