Jones leads Blue Devils in win over rival UNC
Daniel Jones accounted for 547 total yards and four touchdowns to help Duke beat rival North Carolina 42-35 on Saturday.
Jones threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Devils ( 7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). He also ran for a 61-yard touchdown and had a 68-yard keeper in a 186-yard rushing day, helping Duke finish with a season-high 629 yards.
Duke claimed a third straight victory in the series, allowing the Blue Devils to keep the Victory Bell for another year.
The Tar Heels (1-8, 1-6) trailed by 14 throughout the fourth quarter until a late TD throw from Nathan Elliott to Thomas Jackson with 75 seconds left. Then, after a late stop, UNC had a final drive for the tie and pushed to the Duke 39.
But the Blue Devils knocked down the end- zone pass from Cade Fortin – brought in for the final heave – to end it.
The Tar Heels had another uneven performance, the kind of fix-one-thingand-something-else-breaks issues that have followed them most of the season. Michael Carter and the ground game couldn’t be stopped in a 28-point first half while the defense struggled, only to reverse roles with the defense coming up with a blocked field goal and two takeaways after halftime as the offense went into a 28minute slumber. UNC fought to the final play, but still ended with a 20th loss in 25 games.
Jones had quite a day in a display of his offensive potential. Jones broke a single-game record for total offense set by Anthony Dilweg (476 yards) in 1988 against Wake Forest. Jones also had the biggest rushing day by a Duke quarterback in any game, breaking a record set in 1976.