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OL Zack Martin makes 50th consecutive start

Updated: December 25, 2013 6:47AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Offensive lineman Zack Martin matched a school record with his 50th consecutive start Saturday. Offensive lineman Sam Young started 50 games in a row from 2006 to 2009.

‘‘It’s an honor,’’ Martin said. ‘‘To think of some of the guys who have played here and to be in that category is pretty special. We’ve got a couple of more to finish it out. It’s been a great career.’’

Martin was one of 33 players introduced as part of senior day before the game.

‘‘It was a very emotional day, with your parents and everything out there,’’ Martin said. ‘‘And then the last time to run out with these guys. It was a tough day, but we did a great job of staying focused and ready for the game.’’

McDaniel’s big day

Cam McDaniel set a career high with 117 rushing yards.

‘‘The keys to the success were our five guys up front,’’ McDaniel said. ‘‘I guess there were seven or eight of them that really got work. They did a phenomenal job. Zack and Chris [Watt] on the left side, having a phenomenal senior day. Nick Martin went down [with a reported knee injury], and Matt Hegarty stepped in and played absolutely amazing. Conor Hanratty came in and played amazing, and Steve Elmer worked in the mix and then Ronnie Stanley.

‘‘They opened up holes and gave our backfield the chance to go out and have fun and make plays at the second level.’’

Looking ahead

Representatives from the Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28, New York) and AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Dec. 31, Shreveport, La.) were at the game.

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