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Nebraska runs Kansas State into the ground

October 08, 2010|Associated Press

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night and the seventh-ranked Cornhuskers ended a 99-year rivalry with Kansas State in the same lopsided fashion it began, thrashing the slower, outmanned Wildcats, 48-13, in Manhattan, Kan.

Martinez, the redshirt freshman who has rushed for 737 yards in his first five games for the Cornhuskers (5-0), also threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Kyler Reed for a 38-6 lead in the third quarter. His rushing total broke Jammal Lord's Nebraska record for a quarterback and his four rushing touchdowns tied the team quarterback mark. He was replaced by Cody Green with almost 10 minutes left in the game.

Martinez completed five of seven passes for 128 yards as the Cornhuskers piled up 587 yards in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Daniel Thomas, a senior running back who was averaging 157 yards a game for the Wildcats (4-1), was held to 63 yards on 22 carries.

Headed next year to the Big Ten Conference, the Cornhuskers said goodbye to Kansas State with a six-game winning streak that raised their overall record against the Wildcats to 78-15-2, a series they began in 1911 with a 59-0 blowout and dominated almost start-to-finish.

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Brigham Young and Utah will continue playing each other in football once they leave the Mountain West Conference next year. The in-state rivals said they have agreed to a home-and-home series beginning in 2011. ... Southern Mississippi Coach Larry Fedora said running back Desmond Johnson has been suspended for Saturday's Conference USA showdown against East Carolina. In a statement released by the school, Fedora said Johnson was suspended for a "violation of team policy." Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound sophomore, leads the team with 296 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

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