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Another milestone for Bucs rookie Doug Martin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ten games into a sensational rookie season, and running back Doug Martin has hit another milestone.

Martin hit the 1,000-yard mark on Sunday, rushing for 138 yards, including 48 clutch yards on the game-winning drive in overtime.

A big deal, right? Kind of.

"It's cool," Martin said with a shrug. "It doesn't (stink). It's a good accomplishment but the (win) is the most important one you want."

And Martin had a big hand in that win, despite committing a costly fumble on a questionable goal-line call. With 10:40 left in regulation, Martin appeared to fumble as he broke the plane of the goal line on a leap over the pile. He was hit by linebacker Thomas Davis and officials ruled the ball was loose before Martin scored, awarding Carolina the ball (linebacker Luke Kuechly recovered).

"I felt like I did cross the plane before it came loose, but it's the ref's call," Martin lamented.

The play, which was followed by an 80-yard Carolina touchdown drive, left Martin's head hanging. That's when running backs coach Earnest Byner offered some advice derived from personal experience.

"I was down when (officials) said the original call was confirmed, but I had to just shake it off," Martin said. "Coach gave me some advice because he had been in that situation before. He told me to calm down and go out there and play."

The result led Martin to post his seventh consecutive game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, a team record.

Posted by Stephen Holder at 9:12:55 pm on November 18, 2012