Eugene, OR – Oregon’s rushing attack was all Royce Freeman who torched Arizona for four touchdowns on the way to a 48-28 victory at home.
Quarterback Justin Herbert went back to pass and saw a big hole that caused him to bring ball down then 40 yards later in the endzone for the Ducks first touchdown tie game early.
Herbert knocked off the rust quickly passing for 235 yards in the game with rushing and throwing touchdown.
“It was huge having Herbert back,” said coach Willie Taggart, “We got back to having explosive plays that this offensive thrives on.”
Freeman was a direct beneficiary of having his starting quarterback back in the lineup. He rushed for 135 yards 4 touchdowns on 19 carries.
Oregon’s defensive really came to play and game plan was to get the ball out of Khalil Tate hands. Not your typical stat line only rushing for 32 yards and passing for 159 yards 1 touchdown with 2 interceptions.
“Having a bye week really helped,” said coach Taggart “We did a good job making him (Tate) give the ball to running back.”
When the Ducks had the ball they gave the Arizona all they could handle with the two headed monster in the backfield. Freeman running mate Tony Brooks-James also rushed for 124 yards on 19 carries as well.
Now the Ducks are bowl eligible with 6 wins and one more big game to play next week versus Oregon State for the Civil War.