For Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, his return to Oakland was a homecoming. He was born in Oakland and went to high school in Stockton, California, before he headed off to Boise State. Martin was drafted 31st in this year’s NFL draft by a different bay–Tampa Bay. With 60 friends and family in the stands, Doug Martin shattered a franchise record for most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a game. The shifty back ran for a staggering 251 yards and 4 touchdowns as his Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders 42-32.
”Everybody was there. It was awesome,” said Martin after the game. ”It’s surreal right now. I’m just doing my job out there. I’m honored.”
The NFL record for yardage is 296 yards in a single game, set by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2007. He’s the first back since Denver’s Mike Anderson to run for over 250 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he’s the first player since 1940 to score three touchdowns on runs of 45 yards or longer. Martin scored his 4 touchdowns on runs of 1, 45, 67, and 70 yards.
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