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Royce Watch: Freeman passes LaMichael James with 54th career rushing touchdown

The senior stands alone atop Oregon’s TD rankings

NCAA Football: Oregon at Arizona State Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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.


#1 - Royce Freeman (54)

#2 - LaMichael James (53)

Freeman is the Ducks’ all-time leader


#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


#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

NCAA Football: Oregon at Arizona State
Royce Freeman was held to 81 yards on 15 carries vs the Sun Devils on Saturday night. It was his lowest total of the season. Nevertheless, the senior did pass LaMichael James for No. 1 all-time in Oregon history with 54 career rushing scores.
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


  • 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

*Nationally Ranked


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.


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.

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