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Royce Freeman rushes for 207 yards and two TDs

Eugene, ORE. - The Oregon Ducks (2-0) remain undefeated after beating the Virginia Cavaliers 44-26. Royce Freeman was named the player of the game after totaling 236 yards of offense for the Ducks.

(Story by Garrett Hill, eDuck Videographer)

After not reaching the century mark in week one against FCS opponent UC Davis, Freeman returned the favor by reaching the century mark not once but twice gaining 207 rushing yards on 21 carries and adding two touchdowns against a Virginia defense that gave up 632 total yards of offense.

Freeman capped off his big night with an explosive 85 yard touchdown run.

”Initially the whole opened pretty wide,” Freeman said, “I knew I had one person to beat, probably a safety or cornerback, Jalen was blocking his tail off and I honestly wouldn’t have made the play without him.”,

The run was his career best and tied him with four previous players for the seventh longest run in school history, with just over five minutes left to play in the 3rd quarter giving the Ducks a commanding 44-13 lead.

Freeman has now moved into the University of Oregon Top-10 for all-purpose yards with 4,035 passing Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore) for 10th. Rashad had 3,898 from 1969-71.

During tonight’s game Freeman broke former Ducks running back Derek Loville rushing record (3,296) to claim 3rd all-time in Ducks rushing history.

“It’s pretty amazing, it’s a good feeling.” commented Freeman of his performance..

Freeman (3,495) is now 215 yards from capturing second all-time to  Kenjon Barner’s 3,623 career yards rushing..

Ducks head to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers (2-0) next weekend Saturday, September  17, 2016. The game is scheduled to starts at 12:30 Pacific Time and will carried on ESPN..

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