OAKLAND -- Long was the line of folks waiting to see or hear Doug Martin in the moments after he completed a performance for the ages.
Martin's Tampa Bay teammates were talking him up and patting his back and singing his praises after he carried them to a 42-32 victory over the Raiders on Sunday at the Coliseum.
The media, after convening inside the cramped quarters of the visiting team interview room, were delighted to get their 15 minutes with the rookie who ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns.
And, finally, friends and family, perhaps as many of 70, gathered in the Coliseum parking lot were rewarded with a few semiprivate minutes from their favorite NFL running back.
The one group in the immediate vicinity with no desire to see or hear Martin was the Raiders, his hometown team and the conquered enemy.
There were many reasons Oakland trudged into the night unsatisfied, none more significant than Martin's dominating display. He spent the day bashing and slashing and racing through a Raiders defense that entered the game thinking it had solved the riddle of stopping the run.
"We didn't tackle well," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I thought they did a good job of blocking. I thought (Martin) did a good job of running. We had an opportunity to make a few plays and missed some tackles. And when you miss tackles on that guy, he takes them for big gains."
Martin, who was born in Oakland and raised in Stockton,
Such heavy lifting would explain the perspiration seeping through Martin's powder blue golf shirt as the compact (5-foot-9, 223 pounds) 23-year-old walked -- or floated -- into the interview room.
"It's a little surreal now," said Martin, who attended St. Mary's High in Stockton before a four-year career at Boise State.
"It's awesome. Words can't describe it."
Forgive Martin, for he is new to such NFL prosperity. After only eight games in the league, this is, for him, something of a dream.
Kind of like holes, described by Martin as "huge," opened through the Oakland defense.
But this show was real enough to leave Raiders fans shocked and furious, real enough to further legitimize Martin as a No. 1 back in the NFL and real enough to authenticate the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month award he won in October.
Moreover, it was very real to the Raiders, who too often whiffed in their attempts to tackle Martin and blew a chance to even their record at 4-4.
"We knew what we were getting into for the game, and we had a plan to stop him," safety Tyvon Branch said. "And we didn't."
Martin's four touchdowns represented the breadth of his attributes. He flashed his speed on scores of 67 and 70 yards, his quickness and vision on a 45-yarder and his brute power on the 1-yard blast in the final minutes to conclude the scoring.
In short, Martin ran through or ran over or ran around or ran past.
"That was a great, great performance," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "After having a really big outing up in Minnesota on national TV (a week earlier) and winning some awards, you sit back and say, 'How is the young guy going to handle the success?'
"This test he stepped up and met the challenge for sure."
It was quite the homecoming for a young man who says the Raiders were his childhood team, who never attended a sporting event at the Coliseum and whose maternal grandfather still lives in the Oakland hills above Knowland Park Zoo.
"It means everything to me, having my friends and family out here to support me," said Martin, who insisted he could hear his people in the stands. "This is an awesome feeling."
And, yes, he was inspired by the presence of his welcoming party, the coordinator of which was his mother, attorney Leslie Baranco Martin, who handled the bulk of ticket-related duties.
"Oh, yeah -- definitely," he said. "It's awesome to have that family and friends and that support while you're playing. Family from back in the day, and school teammates ... everybody was there."
And everybody got their piece. Everybody, that is, except the Raiders, whose pursuits of Martin resulted mostly in air and frustration and, ultimately, humiliation.