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Duke clinches Coastal outright; will play Florida State in ACC title game

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Anthony Boone led Duke on a game-winning drive to clinch the ACC Coastal at UNC. (USATSI)
Anthony Boone led Duke on a game-winning drive to clinch the ACC Coastal at UNC. (USATSI)

Duke is at the top of the ACC standings to finish the regular season, sitting alone on top of the Coastal Division. The Blue Devils wrapped the regular season with a win at North Carolina, notching the program's first-ever 10-win season.

The Blue Devils got it done in dramatic fashion on Saturday, as Anthony Boone led a drive in the final minutes to set up a game-winning field goal from Ross Martin. North Carolina put together a drive in the last minute, but the game was sealed by DeVon Edwards -- who also had a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown in the first half -- on an interception of Marquise Williams.

That has been the theme during Duke's eight game winning streak, and at North Carolina the Blue Devils showed why they are one of the ACC's best teams in the fourth quarter. Duke trailed in seven of those eight wins, making the most of turnovers and creating big plays to keep those ACC title alive. Put simply; the ball has bounced, it always seems to bounce the Blue Devils' way.

Next week promises to be Duke's toughest task of the season, as the first-time Coastal Division reps stand between undefeated Florida State and a spot in the BCS title game.

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