Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has already had a successful three-year college career. However, despite winning at least nine games each year, he is winless in the postseason. Will 2013 be the year that Martinez finally gets a victory after the regular season?
In his three seasons as the starting quarterback at Nebraska, Martinez has put up solid numbers with both his arm and legs. He has thrown for 6,591 yards and 46 touchdowns in his career. Known also as a major threat to run the ball, he’s rushed for 2,858 yards with 31 touchdowns while at the school.
Over the years, Martinez has shown his value to the team. He led the Cornhuskers to a bowl game in each year, including back-to-back appearances in the Capital One Bowl, largely considered one of the best outside of the BCS Bowls. The Cornhuskers have also finished each of the last three seasons in the AP Top 25. Last season, Nebraska played in the Big Ten Championship.
However, despite the many wins and good numbers, Martinez has yet to come out victorious in any of those postseason contests. During the Big Ten Championship, the Cornhuskers were shellacked by Wisconsin, 70-31. Martinez, though he did rush for 140 with two touchdowns, threw two interceptions in that game.
As far as bowl games go, the ‘Huskers, with Martinez under center, have lost the Holiday Bowl to Washington and the Capital One Bowl to both South Carolina and Georgia. While none of the postseason defeats can be blamed solely on the quarterback, he is the one that’s looked at as the leader of the team.
Martinez will look to change his luck in 2013 and finish his Nebraska career on a high note. He’s already shown that’s he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten and has racked up a solid win total over his three seasons as a starter.
Now, it’s time for him to step up and produce a victory in a postseason game.