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 (FSY) 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 (FSY) was slogging through the worst game of his career, on a day the Huskies needed him to be Heisman-worthy to have a chance.