Duke 42, North Carolina 35
What Happened: It was a whole lot of fun, as Duke QB Daniel Jones went off for two touchdown passes and a 61-yard scoring run on the way to a 42-28 lead in the third quarter. But North Carolina’s offense kept coming, with four touchdown runs from four different players, highlighted by an 84-yard dash from WR Dazz Newsome to tie it at 28 in the second. Thomas Jackson brought the Tar Heels within seven with just over a minute to play on a 13-yard catch. But Duke hung on.
What Mattered: Jones cranked up a school-record 547 yards, throwing for 361 yards and three scores, and running for 186 yards and a score. Deon Jackson added 78 rushing yards and a score for the Blue Devils.
– The Tar Heels ran for 315 yards with Michael Carter taking off for 148 yards. Newsome caught a team-high six passes for 66 yards to go along with his touchdown run.
– It was sloppy, and there were problems, but the big plays were there. Duke cranked up 629 yards to UNC’s 536, but the Blue Devils were -3 in turnover margin, and the Tar Heels were flagged ten times for 115 yards.
What It All Means: At least the Tar Heels are competitive, but they keep on losing because the D can’t seem to come up with a meaningful stop. They’ll get a win against Western Carolina next week, and then there’s a chance to close out with something positive when they host NC State.
– Duke was already bowl eligible. Now it gets to go big game hunting when it faced Clemson on the road. The Coastal is out of the picture, but beat the Tigers, and the season is made. There should be another regular season win with Wake Forest to close.
– Clemson 27, Boston College 7
– Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13
– Virginia 45, Liberty 24
– Pitt 52, Virginia Tech 22
– Georgia Tech 27, Miami 21
– Syracuse 54, Louisville 23
– Wake Forest 27, NC State 23