Afterwards, after Royce Freeman surpassed LaMichael James as Oregon’s all-time leading rusher in yards, which came four weeks after breaking that same back’s record for touchdowns, after he had amassed 160 yards on 29 carries, Freeman still said he had more to give.
“Everybody wants to win,” Freeman said after a 31-14 loss to UCLA on Saturday. “I have to better myself as a player, give more. Everybody on the team has to give more. Coach [Willie] Taggart stressed that. Just give more, give more and when you don’t think you have it anymore, give more.”
It’s a wonder what more Freeman could give to this program. Of all of Oregon’s famed running backs, no one has been more productive, in any measurable category, than Freeman. Even when UCLA knew Oregon’s offense would be as one-dimensional as any in the conference, when the Bruins stacked the box and regularly penetrated the line, Freeman made the most, piling up more than half of his 160 yards on Saturday after contact. Five times tacklers made a go at the senior, only to miss.
As the passing game continues to struggle in the absence of injured starter Justin Herbert, Freeman continues to maintain his torrid pace. In consecutive losses to Stanford and UCLA, respectively, Freeman ran for 303 total yards. Braxton Burmeister, the freshman unexpectedly tasked with replacing Herbert, has amassed less than 100 passing yards in that same span.
“No,” Freeman said when asked if he struggles staying positive. “When you start getting negative it’s only downhill from there. We need to go out next week and get a win.”
Next week will be visiting Utah, which allowed more than 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground in a 30-10 upset loss to Arizona State.
“Just gotta go out there and fight,” Freeman said. “Just gotta go out there and get a win.”
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