EUGENE, Ore. -- Royce Freeman has had quite a career for Oregon, and he is moving up on a key Pac-12 career list.

With his three touchdowns Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Ducks’ 49-13 victory at Wyoming, Freeman now ranks second all-time in the conference with 53 rushing touchdowns, tied with former Oregon great LaMichael James.

Freeman now only trails a popular player for the Ducks’ rival: Oregon State’s Ken Simonton.

1 Jan 2001: Ken Simonton #35 of the Oregon State Beavers carries the ball up the field during the Fiesta Bowl Game against Notre Dame  Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Beavers defeated the Fighting Irish 41-9. (Jeff Gross /Allsport)

From 1998 to 2001, Simonton rushed for 59 touchdowns for the Beavers, which still ranks No. 1 all time in Pac-12 history.

Freeman has nine regular-season games left this season, plus possibly a bowl game, to set the record.

So far this season, Freeman has scored nine rushing touchdowns, so he is on pace to shatter the all-time record.

Although, it should be noted that James scored his 53 touchdowns in just three seasons.

Freeman was on the fence about returning to the Ducks after last season’s 4-8 record. But after Willie Taggart took over the program, Freeman decided to come back to finish his degree and try to end his Ducks career on a high note.

Oregon just wrapped up a 3-0 trip through its nonconference schedule. The Ducks open Pac-12 play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Arizona State.

So far, it appears that Freeman made the right decision to come back.