The junior running back carried much of the offensive load for the Seminoles as they topped the in-state rival Hurricanes 41-14.
Freeman normally shares more of the carries (23 carries for 78 yards), but it was obvious that head coach Jimbo Fisher was trying to establish Freeman in the run game early on. In fact, he got the scoring started with a five yard plunge over the right tackle on the Noles opening drive.
Then, with five minutes to go in the first half, Freeman made perhaps the biggest play of the night when he snuck out of the backfield to grab a screen pass from Jameis Winston and scamper 48 yards for a touchdown. The ‘Canes got caught sending six defenders at Winston, and the perfectly timed screen went the distance down the left sideline.
The catch was one of six that Freeman had for the Noles, a surprisingly high number considering he only had seven catches for the season entering the game. Freeman not only led the Noles in rushing, but his 98 yards receiving also led the Seminoles.
Freeman added another 12-yard-rushing touchdown late in the third quarter that extended the lead to 21 points and more or less put the game out of reach.
Miami’s defense did a nice job of containing Freeman from breaking a big run, but he consistently churned out yards with his hard-nosed running style. He ran with a physical nature that eventually took its toll on the ‘Canes defense, which looked tired in the second half.
It was one of Freeman’s best performances in his college career, and he saved it for his hometown team.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip