In a classic rivalry game between the No. 25 Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, the victory bell traveled 30 minutes south west back to Chapel Hill.
UNC put up 592 yards against the Blue Devil defense, throwing for 276 yards and rushing for 316 yards. Along with the 276 yards, junior quarterback Marquise Williams threw two touchdowns and rushed for two more. T.J. Logan added a one-yard run along with a defensive touchdown by Tim Scott who returned a fumble for ten yards.
The Blue Devils had three turnovers, two fumbles and one interception on Thursday night. The Har Heels capitalized on all three turnovers, scoring 21 points off their miscues. Both of the fumbles came in Duke’s first two possessions. Quarterback Anthony Boone went 22 of 40 for 262 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 36 yards. Boone and the offense put up 378 yards on the ACC’s worst defense, which gives up 512 yards per game.
“This whole game, we just told each other if bad plays happen, we’ve just got to make sure that we keep on encouraging each other and keep playing hard,” Scott, the senior safety, said. “With a game like this, you’ve got to play hard every play. It’s a rivalry game and we had to make sure we did that.”
With this win, North Carolina becomes bowl eligible, moving to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. More importantly, they spoiled the Blue Devil’s chance of clinching the ACC Coastal Divisin title. Duke controlled their own destiny in the ACC and with the loss, they will not be appearing the in the ACC title game. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2, 6-2 ACC) clinched the title and will play the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles (10-0, 7-0 ACC) in the ACC Championship game on December 6 in Charlotte, N.C.
The Har Heels will host another in-state rival, NC State (6-5, 2-5 ACC) next Saturday. Wake Forest (2-8, 0-6 ACC) will visit the Blue Devils on Nov. 29.
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