Royce Freeman and his Oregon team fell to Arizona State 37-35 on Saturday evening at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Freeman had 15 carries for 81 yards and the touchdown that propelled him past LaMichael James on Oregon’s all-time rushing TD list. Overall, Freeman had 100 total yards on 18 touches in the losing effort.
OREGON’S CAREER RUSHING TD RANKINGS
#1 - Royce Freeman (54)
#2 - LaMichael James (53)
Freeman is the Ducks’ all-time leader
COUNTDOWN TO OREGON’S TOP SPOT
#1 - LaMichael James (5,082 career rushing yards)
#2 - Royce Freeman (4,687 career rushing yards)
#3 - Kenjon Barner (3,623 career rushing yards)
Freeman is currently 395 yards from being Oregon’s No. 1 running back in program history
CHASING HISTORY: PAC-12 CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
#1 - Ken Simonton, 60 (Oregon State)
#2 - Royce Freeman, 58 (Oregon)
Tied - LaMichael James, 58 (Oregon)
#3 - LenDale White, 57 (USC)
#4 - Skip Hicks, 55 (UCLA)
#5 - Charles White, 53 (USC)
#6 - Ka’Deem Carey, 52 (Arizona)
#7 - Jaquizz Rodgers, 51 (OSU)
#8 - Kenjon Barner, 50 (Oregon)
Freeman is currently 3 TDs from being the Pac-12’s all-time scoring leader from scrimmage
FREEMAN’S SWAN SONG
- 97 carries (3rd)*
- 541 rushing yards (5th)*
- 5.6 yards per carry
- 10 rushing touchdowns (1st)*
- 9 catches
- 128 receiving yards
- 14.2 yards per reception
After totaling just 18 touches against the Sun Devils, Oregon could not find more ways to get their senior workhorse involved. In the end, it cost them the game and forced Justin Herbert to throw under consistent pressure.
Nevertheless, Freeman did have a historic moment during the game. If you ask him, it doesn’t mean much currently but this is something he will appreciate down the road after his professional career is over. Freeman is now No. 1 all-time for rushing scores at Oregon with 54. He has only just begun to enter the record books. More coming in ‘17.
CAL SNEAK PEEK
The Imperial native will have his hands full vs a solid California rush defense. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 59 in the nation, as they’re yielding just 136.3 rushing yards per contest this season.
Last year against Cal, Herbert led a historic charge with six touchdown passes. His remarkable performance tied for the most single-game TD passes in Oregon history. In the end, the Ducks fell short in double overtime 52-49 from Berkeley.
In that contest, Freeman was out with an injury. But, Tony Brooks-James filled in admirably with 15 carries for 109 yards and a rushing tally. He also caught three passes for 38 yards with a game-long of 32 yards. Freeman is licking his chops.
Next up for Oregon (3-1) is a meeting with California (3-1) at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT via Fox Sports 1.