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Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez continues to shine

Tracking Latinos in college football

One week after demolishing the University of Oklahoma, Adrian Martinez helped Kansas State take down Texas Tech. He is one of college football’s most electrifying players to watch this season.

For the second straight week, Martinez is Our Esquina’s Player of the Week. The Wildcats upended the Red Raiders 37-28 due to Martinez’s efforts. 

Martinez had a hand in all four of the Wildcats’ touchdowns. The former Nebraska quarterback rushed for three and threw for another to help Kansas State improve five spots in the AP Poll from No. 25 to No. 25.

On the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage, Martinez scampered for 57 yards. The quarterback from Fresno, Calif., completed 12 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Martinez added three touchdowns on the ground on 12 carries for 171 yards.

Adrian Martinez, true dual threat 

Martinez has accounted for nine touchdowns over the last two games. He accounted for 287 total yards one week after accounting for five touchdowns and 382 total yards of offense against Oklahoma.

Kansas State started the season unranked. The Wildcats moved into the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll at No. 25 last week after upsetting Oklahoma.

Kansas State moved up five spots Sunday to No. 20. More importantly, Adrian Martinez has the Wildcats tied atop the Big 12 standings. Kansas (5-0, 4-0 in the Big 12), Kansas State (4-1, 2-0), Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0), and TCU (4-0, 1-0) are all undefeated in conference play.

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South Alabama kicker Diego Guajardo, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, nailed a 43-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Jaguars over the University of Louisiana-Lafayette 20-17. He nailed a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter and hit both of his PAT attempts. 

UTEP’s all-purpose weapon Reynaldo Flores had one carry for three yards and also grabbed three passes for 31 yards in the Miners’ historic win over UNC Charlotte, 41-35 . It was the Miners’ first victory  in the Eastern time zone in program history. 

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Oregon defensive back Christian Gonzalez made three tackles and broke up two passes as the Ducks dominated Stanford 45-27.

Washington State edge rusher Ron Stone, Jr. had two tackles and a pass defended. Cougars defensive tackle Christian Mejia also had two tackles, a pass defended and a sack in the 28-9 domination of the California Golden Bears.

University of Texas punter Daniel Trejo only punted twice, averaging 36.5 yards per punt in the Longhorns’ 38-20 win over West Virginia. 

Mariano Sori-Marin excels in losing effort

Always steady Minnesota linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin notched seven tackles, including one for a loss, as the previously unbeaten Golden Gophers fell to Purdue 20-10. Oregon State freshman running back Damien Martinez rushed 10 times for 23 yards in the Beavers’ 42-16 loss to Utah. Damien Martinez also caught a pass for five yards.

Eastern Michigan defensive end/edge rusher Jose Ramirez excelled in a 20-13 victory over UMass. Ramirez notched eight tackles, three of them for a loss. He had a sack, a pass defended and two quarterback hurries. EMU kicker Jesus Gomez knocked in two PAT attempts. 

Arizona State guard Chris Martinez and the Sun Devils lost 42-15 loss against USC. The Sun Devils averaged only three yards per carry in the loss, including minus-6 yards rushing in the second half.

Daniel Arias adds a touchdown for Colorado

Colorado wide receiver Daniel Arias is one of the few bright spots for the Buffaloes, who lost 43-20 against Arizona. Arias caught three passes for 31 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception.

Iowa safety Sebastian Castro made five tackles and defended a pass as the Hawkeyes fell 27-14 to Michigan.

San Diego State’s Jesse Matthews had one reception for 26 yards as the Aztecs fell to Andy Avalos’ Boise State Broncos, 35-13. Tulsa wide receiver JuanCarlos Santana hauled in four passes for 30 yards in the Golden Hurricanes’ 31-21 loss to Cincinnati. 

Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Moreno-Cropper led all Bulldogs pass catchers with five catches for 76 yards in a surprising 19-14 loss to the UConn Huskies. Bulldogs defensive end David Peralta finished with six tackles. 

North Carolina tight end Kamari Morales grabbed three passes for 29 yards and added a touchdown in a 41-10 victory over Virginia Tech. UTSA tight end Oscar Cardenas snared one pass for 16 yards as the Roadrunners took down the Middle Tennessee State 45-30.

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