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Do you believe in magic?

Or maybe I should ask, do you believe in T-Magic?

Since his very first game when he started as a freshman, I’ve been a Taylor Martinez fan.

Yes, he’ll drive you nuts one play with unexplainable execution, but doggone it, he’ll make up for it on the very next one with something spectacular.

Up and down. Down and up.

The latest magical mystery tour stop happened Saturday against Michigan State. Many of you were ready to throw in the towel (I certainly was), and I know there are some of you out there who quit watching altogether, but we have to remember the magic.

Case in point: The Huskers are down 24-14 with 9:05 left in the fourth quarter following a third quarter where they had the ball for eight plays and did nothing against Michigan State’s top-10 ranked defense.

After pitching the ball to Ameer Abdullah for four yards and a first down on fourth down, Taylor faked the pitch the very next play and ran around right end for a picture-perfect 39-yard touchdown with some Spartan defenders not knowing who even had the ball.

Now things get interesting.

Following three changes of possession, things still looked desperate, Nebraska’s ball at their own 20 with just 80 seconds showing on the clock.

On first down, Martinez hits Quincy Enunwa for 22 yards right by the Husker bench when the Spartans seem to forget about the junior wide receiver.

Explain that one.

Now it’s fourth-and-10 at the Michigan State 42 with just 40 seconds left. Nebraska’s quarterback waits for tight end Kyler Reed to get open over the middle and drills a perfect 25-yard pass. Reed runs to the Spartans 20 yard line and Nebraska’s band goes crazy.

Following a couple incomplete passes, the magic returns and the Spartans are called for pass interference on Kenny Bell in the end zone.

With just 17 seconds remaining, there’s an incomplete pass to Reed at the back of the end zone. But why worry?

There’s still time for more magic.

With that, Martinez calmly throws a perfect pass to Jamal Turner, the speedy sophomore breaking away from a Spartans defender just inside the left side of the end zone.

And there’s six seconds left on the clock.

If that’s not magical, then I’ll never know what is.

Against this defense, one that has played lights out all season long, the Huskers did it when it mattered most. At crunch time.

Haven’t we seen this one before?

Call it magical all you want, but I’ll call it a huge win, on the road against a team that was hitting its stride.

Now all the Huskers have to do is win their final three games, two at home, and they’re headed to Indianapolis.

And then back to Pasadena?

It could happen.

Remember following the big loss to Ohio State, when Bo Pelini told everyone that his Huskers must "win out." We all, as a state, collectively shook our heads in disbelief, knowing what pressure that would put on a team.

But guess what? So far so good.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but it’s always entertaining.

Do you believe in magic?

I know I do. I’m a believer. And he wears No. 3 for the Cornhuskers.



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