"You could say Doug Martin was the best player on the field Sunday and would get no argument. At 5 feet 9, the Bucs' diminutive rookie running back is leaving a big imprint on the NFL after only eight games.
What Martin did to the Raiders defense in Tampa Bay's 42-32 win at Oakland Coliseum was one thing. He pounded against the pile, bouncing off like a pinball, legs churning and then — whoosh — he was gone.
But it was how many great running backs Martin ran past in the record books that left even the first-round pick from Boise State speechless.
Martin set Bucs single-game rushing records with 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. His scoring runs included 45, 67 and 70 yards, the first time an NFL back ever has had three touchdown runs of 45 yards or longer. He averaged a first down on his 25 carries.
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