On a third down attempt, the junior QB was hit hard by Spartans' defender Xavier Henderson in the head/face area. Able to walk off on his own power, Martinez went back into the locker room to get checked out.
Martinez is coming off a solid performance in a narrow loss to No. 3 Oklahoma that saw him earn 289 yards and one touchdown through the air on 19/25 passing. As a long-time leader for this Nebraska squad, this would be a massive loss for the 2-2 Cornhuskers.
In his absence, the Scott Frost's team is being quarterbacked by freshman dual-threat QB Logan Smothers, who has four yards through the air (1/2) and 11 yards on the ground.
Fortunately for Nebraska, Adrian Martinez was able to return to the game later in the first quarter. He is 2-for-3 for 25 yards yearly on, adding 41 yards on four carries as a runner.
Michigan State opened scoring in this one, with Payton Thorne finding Jayden Reed for a touchdown. Nebraska is driving early in the second quarter to try and even things up. The Huskers, 2-2, are seeking their first Big Ten win of the season so far in tonight's game against Michigan State.
Adrian Martinez is jogging into the locker room while the Blackshirts are on the field.
— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) September 25, 2021