Royce Freeman stands tall for Oregon 2 decades after 'The Pick'

In the 1994 game between Oregon and Washington, Ducks freshman cornerback Kenny Wheaton changed the fortunes of his program with a pick-six to seal his team's victory. “Changed the fortunes of his program” might sound like hyperbole, but Oregon had a 359-366-4 all-time record before “The Pick” and 177-65 since that play.

Make it 178-65 after “The Pick.”

Fast-forward 20 years, and another Duck freshman was making his mark felt in the bitter Pacific Northwest rivalry. Oregon running back Royce Freeman scored three first-half touchdowns and four overall to help provide the separation necessary for the Ducks to cruise to a 45-20 victory over Washington.

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In the video above, you can see his 37-yard rush to paydirt that gave Oregon a lead it would never relinquish. Freeman finished Saturday’s contest with a career-high 169 yards on 29 carries to go along with the four scores.

 

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