Oregon Racks Up Records in Historic Defeat of Oregon State
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Royce Freeman set a Pac-12 record for career rushing touchdowns while running for 122 yards and two scores in Oregon's 69-10 rout of Oregon State on Saturday night in the 121st Civil War game.
Freeman now has 60, surpassing Oregon State's Ken Simonton, who ran for 59 touchdowns between 1998-01.
Justin Herbert, in his second game back from a broken collarbone that sidelined him for five games, threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12). Herbert also rushed for a touchdown before sitting late in the third quarter after Oregon built a 62-10 lead.
Dylan Mitchell caught six passes for 119 yards and two scores for the Ducks, who set a record for points in a Civil War game.
Oregon will now await a bowl selection, while Oregon State's season is over.
Darell Garretson threw for 112 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers before he was injured in the third quarter and was replaced by Mason Moran.
The Beavers won just one game this season, to lower-division Portland State, and finished without a win in Pac-12 Conference play for the second time in the past three seasons.
Oregon State played the final six games of the season under interim coach Cory Hall, promoted when Gary Andersen mutually parted ways with the Beavers early last month. The Beavers are expected to name a new head coach in the coming weeks.
The Ducks avenged last year's 34-24 loss in the Civil War, which snapped an eight-game Oregon winning streak in the series. The loss assured the Ducks a last-place finish in the Pac-12 North standings and a few days later head coach Mark Helfrich was dismissed.
Oregon's first season under Willie Taggart hit a snag when Herbert fractured his collarbone on Sept. 30. The Ducks went 1-4 without him. But his return sparked last weekend's 48-28 victory over Arizona, which made the Ducks bowl eligible.
Oregon senior Aidan Schneider kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the game, setting the school record for field goals with 50.
Freeman ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give him 59 for his career, tying the Pac-12 record with Simonton. The Ducks pushed the lead to 17-0 before the first quarter was over on Herbert's 29-yard scoring pass to Mitchell.
The Beavers narrowed it on Garretson's 43-yard scoring pass to Timmy Hernandez. But Oregon opened the second quarter with Herbert's 12-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Breeland.
Freeman ran for a 13-yard touchdown to break the Pac-12 record. He also moved into 10th place all time for rushing touchdowns, passing Nebraska's Eric Crouch and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.
Freeman also surpassed 100 yards rushing in the first half, moving in to sixth place for rushing yards in the NCAA record book. The sturdy senior already holds school career records for rushing (5,621), rushing touchdowns (60), total touchdowns (64) and 100-yard rushing games (31).
Jaylon Redd ran for a 19-yard touchdown and Herbert added a 6-yard keeper before finding Mitchell again with a 53-yard touchdown pass.
Schneider made a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to make it 55-7. Justin Hollins' 11-yard interception return for the Ducks extended the considerable lead midway through the quarter. It was the junior's first career interception.
Oregon State added Justin Choukair's 24-yard field goal. Oregon's Kani Benoit ran 47 yards for a touchdown in the final quarter. Benoit finished with 122 yards rushing.
Oregon's Elijah George was ejected for targeting on the third-quarter play that sent Garretson to the sideline.
Herbert was replaced late in the third quarter by Braxton Burmeister, who started in the five games while Herbert nursed his collarbone. Taylor Alie also saw time at quarterback in the season finale at Autzen.