Jones leads Blue Devils in win over ri­val UNC

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Sports -

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.

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