North Carolina at Duke

Jones, Wilson help Duke upset No. 15 North Carolina 28-27

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke waited until it was time to play No. 15 North Carolina to finally cut out all the mistakes that kept haunting the Blue Devils in close losses.

They ran the ball with a physical edge and tightened defensively, then ended their Senior Night by sprinting across the field as time expired to reclaim a lost rivalry trophy.

Daniel Jones ran for two scores and threw for another to help the Blue Devils upset the Tar Heels 28-27 on Thursday night to secure their first Atlantic Coast Conference win.

Duke (4-6, 1-5 ACC) was flirting with its first winless league record since 2007 after a tight loss at No. 5 Louisville and a pair of three-point losses to Georgia Tech and No. 18 Virginia Tech.

''I laid all of that out there: here's the path we've been on, here's how you correct it,'' Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. ''They're smart. They listen, they believe. And that's huge that they keep buying into each other, the loyalty. So that joy, that's huge.''

Jones, a redshirt freshman, ran for 94 yards as part of a ground game that kept moving the chains against the Tar Heels (7-3, 5-2, No. 17 CFP). Shaun Wilson ran for a game-high 107 yards and a score of his own, Duke finished with 227 yards rushing and converted 10 of 17 third-down chances.

''Our offensive line was doing a tremendous job all game,'' Jones said, ''firing off the ball and being physical and creating that physicality that we want as a team.''

That formula was on display at the end, as Duke took more than 6 1/2 minutes off the clock with a long drive from its own 1 before punting back to UNC. The Blue Devils then came up with a final stop, with Alonzo Saxton II picking off Mitch Trubisky near midfield with 1:02 left on a night that ended with Duke players sprinting across the field to re-claim the Victory Bell presented to the winner of the long-running rivalry.

More surprisingly, Duke's defense gradually locked down the Tar Heels' high-scoring offense, which finished with just 31 yards in the final 15 minutes.

''Every time we would make a play, we would shoot ourselves in the foot on the next one or something would happen,'' Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. ''There was no consistency whatsoever.''

THE TAKEAWAY

UNC: The Tar Heels likely saw any chance of repeating as the league's Coastal Division champion die with this loss considering they had to keep winning and hope for the Hokies to lose once. But there was a familiar problem with being physical enough to stop the run, on top of the surprising offensive struggles after halftime.

''We missed a big opportunity,'' Trubisky said.

DUKE: After a couple of close losses, Duke showed it had enough fortitude to bounce back and play a clean game even as it flirted with the program's first winless ACC record since 2007. Notable in Thursday's performance: no turnovers for the second straight week.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

North Carolina will almost certainly slide in the AP Top 25 after this one. The question is whether the Tar Heels - who have been in and out of the poll this season - might fall all the way out again after losing to a winless ACC team with a curiously shaky performance.

STREAK SNAPPED

The Tar Heels came into this game with nine straight wins on an opponent's home field, tied with No. 3 Clemson for third longest in the nation behind No. 1 Alabama (11) and No. 9 Oklahoma (10).

BLOWN LEAD

North Carolina got off to a sprint of a start, jumping to a 14-0 first-quarter lead behind a sharp Trubisky. The junior completed 12 of his first 15 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns, but threw for just 97 yards on 12-for-18 passing with two interceptions from there. UNC managed only two second-half field goals.

UP NEXT

UNC: The Tar Heels step out of conference play to take on The Citadel. They're 4-0 in that series with the last meeting coming in 2009.

DUKE: The Blue Devils play at Pittsburgh, the first of two straight division road games to close the regular season.

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Scoreboard
North Carolina #17  (7-3)1476027
Duke  (4-6) «0217028
Players of the Game
Tar Heels

M. Trubisky
Att 33
Comp 24
Yds 297
TD 3
Blue Devils

D. Jones
Att 34
Comp 22
Yds 240
TD 1
Scoring Summary
UNCThomas Jackson 16 yd pass from Mitch Trubisky (Nick Weiler kick)
UNCBug Howard 19 yd pass from Mitch Trubisky (Nick Weiler kick)
DUKEDaniel Jones 8 yd run (AJ Reed kick)
DUKEShaun Wilson 1 yd run (AJ Reed kick)
UNCCarl Tucker 54 yd pass from Mitch Trubisky (Nick Weiler kick)
DUKEDaniel Jones 1 yd run (AJ Reed kick)
UNCNick Weiler 36 yd FG
DUKEDavis Koppenhaver 2 yd pass from Daniel Jones (AJ Reed kick)
UNCNick Weiler 37 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 UNCDUKE
First Downs2327
Third Down Efficiency4-1010-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-1
Plays-Net Yards60-40389-467
Rushes-Yds27-10655-227
Passing Yds297240
Kick Return Yds145136
Punt Return Yds30
Passes24-33-222-34-0
Punts4-1815-157
Fumbles-Lost0-00-0
Penalties-Yds7-655-60
Time of Poss.22:2137:39
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
UNC: Elijah Hood 13-75, T.J. Logan 6-27, Mitch Trubisky 5-15, Khris Francis 2-1, Anthony Ratliff-Williams 1--12
DUKE: Shaun Wilson 24-107, Daniel Jones 16-94, Joseph Ajeigbe 10-36, Johnathan Lloyd 1-3, Team 4--13
PASSING
UNC: Mitch Trubisky 24-33-297-2
DUKE: Daniel Jones 22-34-240-0
RECEIVING
UNC: Elijah Hood 5-58, Ryan Switzer 4-35, Bug Howard 3-52, Austin Proehl 3-36, T.J. Logan 3-8, Thomas Jackson 2-38, Brandon Fritts 2-5, Carl Tucker 1-54, Jordan Cunningham 1-11
DUKE: T.J. Rahming 8-100, Erich Schneider 4-34, Chris Taylor 3-50, Shaun Wilson 2-16, Joseph Ajeigbe 2-12, Davis Koppenhaver 2-8, Daniel Helm 1-20
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
North Carolina2nd Atlantic Coast Coastal5-38-5
Duke6th Atlantic Coast Coastal1-74-8

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