Duke holds off ri­val North Carolina to keep Vic­tory Bell

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones kept Duke mov­ing to big yardage to­tals, while the Blue Devils' de­fense pro­vided help when the of­fense stum­bled.

That has the Blue Devils keeping the Vic­tory Bell af­ter an­other ri­valry win against North Carolina.

Jones ac­counted for a pro­gram-record 547 to­tal yards and four touch­downs to help Duke beat UNC 42-35 on Satur­day, earn­ing the pro­gram's third straight win in the long­time se­ries of nearby neigh­bors.

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.

And there was no short­age of praise for the red­shirt ju­nior's per­for­mance.

"Daniel Jones played as well as a quar­ter­back can play," said Duke coach David Cut­cliffe, who has had a few no­table pupils in his coach­ing ca­reer that in­cludes a cou­ple of guys named Pey­ton and Eli Man­ning.

"I know I'm not the fastest guy on the field," Jones said of his runs. "I was try­ing to run as fast as I could. Both of those long runs, I'm not sure I re­ally got touched, and I think that's a credit to those guys up front."

Jones' 547 yards of to­tal of­fense were also the most ever al­lowed by UNC, sur­pass­ing the record of 525 yards set last year by reign­ing Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner La­mar Jack­son of Louisville.

Af­ter taking a 35-28 lead into the break fol­low­ing a

shootout of a first half, Duke pushed to a two-pos­ses­sion lead when Jones' 68-yarder set up a short TD run by Quentin Har­ris. The Tar Heels (1-8, 1-6) got back in it with Nathan El­liott's 13-yard TD throw 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 with 6 sec­onds left. But Duke's Bran­don Feam­ster ended it by knock­ing down the end-zone pass from Cade Fortin — a strong-armed fresh­man brought in for the fi­nal heave in his first ap­pear­ance since be­ing in­jured against Vir­ginia Tech.

"We're throw­ing a jump ball to tie the game up," UNC coach Larry Fe­dora said. "They're a good foot­ball team. Our guys con­tinue to fight. There's no ques­tion about that, who they are and what they're made up of. I'm proud of them for that fact."

THE TAKE­AWAY

UNC: The Tar Heels had an­other un­even per­for­mance, the kind of fix-one-thing-and-some­thing-else­breaks is­sues fre­quently seen this sea­son. Michael Carter (148 yards and a TD) and the ground game couldn't be stopped be­fore half­time 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 28-minute slumber. UNC fought to the fi­nal play, but still ended with a 20th loss in 25 games.

"We're not just try­ing to get through it," Fe­dora said. "We're try­ing to win a foot­ball game. I'm not wor­ried about their morale. I'm not wor­ried about what they're

made up of. They've al­ready shown that for us this en­tire year. They could've shut it down a long time ago."

Duke: Jones grabbed the head­lines with the to­tal-of­fense record (set in 1988) and the big­gest rush­ing day by a Duke quar­ter­back (set in 1976). But the de­fense came up big, too, by turn­ing the Tar Heels away re­peat­edly af­ter half­time.

"The rea­son we were able to fight that off is the fight of our en­tire team," Cut­cliffe said. "There was no one part — of­fense, de­fense or kick­ing — that en­abled us to win. It was every part that en­abled us to win."

IN­JURY NEWS

Duke was al­ready down sev­eral in­jured starters this year when start­ing safety Dy­lan Sin­gle­ton limped off the field in the first quar­ter. Cut­cliffe said he will have surgery Sun­day with­out spec­i­fy­ing the na­ture of the in­jury.

KEEPING THE BELL

"There's just so much emo­tion in that ri­valry, and es­pe­cially to­ward the end it got a lit­tle closer than you'd like," Duke left guard Zach Har­mon said. "So it's just a huge pay­off of re­lief at the end, it couldn't feel bet­ter."

UP NEXT

UNC: The Tar Heels step out of league play to host Western Carolina next Satur­day.

Duke: The Blue Devils draw the tough­est of cross-di­vi­sional matchups, trav­el­ing to No. 2 Clem­son next Satur­day.

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