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Martinez comes home when Nebraska visits UCLA

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (3) Tries to get a pass off while being wrapped up by Southern Miss's Khalid Wilson (95) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept 1, 2012, in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (3) Tries to get a pass off while being wrapped up by Southern Miss's Khalid Wilson (95) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept 1, 2012, in Lincoln, Neb.
Dave Weaver, Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. — Taylor Martinez's childhood dream to play at the Rose Bowl is about to be fulfilled, even if he's not wearing the uniform he once wanted.

The star quarterback from the Los Angeles suburbs leads No. 17 Nebraska (1-0) into the venerable venue against UCLA on Saturday, with both schools hoping to build on their strong starts to the season.

Martinez was recruited by the Bruins (1-0), but only as a free safety. He's grateful he ended up with the Cornhuskers, who could take another step forward with a difficult road win in their first trip to Pasadena since losing the 2002 BCS title game.

UCLA is eager for the home debuts of coach Jim Mora and quarterback Brett Hundley, who led the Bruins to a season-opening win over Rice.