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Tar Heels Route Duke

A bit of an understatement really.

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Nov 7, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) runs as Duke Blue Devils safety DeVon Edwards (27) defends in the third quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
Nov 7, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) runs as Duke Blue Devils safety DeVon Edwards (27) defends in the third quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
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UNC used the arm of Senior Quarterback Marquise Williams to drub Duke at Chapel Hill 66 - 31. Williams threw for 494 yards and four scores as the Heels had 704 yards of total offense. Duke received the opening kick off and was forced to punt after six plays. Carolina took over on their own 11 yard line after a fair catch by Switzer. They scored on their first play from scrimmage on a flea flicker as Williams hit Switzer for an 89 yard score that was their longest scoring play from scrimmage this season. Duke answered with an 11 play, 70 yard drive settling on a 21 yard Ross Martin field goal after failing to cross the goal line after getting a first and goal from the Carolina five yard line. Carolina took only two minutes to go 75 yards after the ensuing kick off in only six plays, scoring on a keeper by Williams.

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Duke drove to the Carolina 30 before Joseph Ajeigbe fumbled on a toss sweep. Carolina took advantage of the turnover, driving 70 yards in 11 plays while using only three minutes of the clock before Hood scored from four yards out. Duke went three and out deciding to run a play on third and seven as time was running down at the end of the quarter. The Duke defense managed to get off the field and Duke got their first touchdown on a two play, 66 yard drive that took only 30 seconds capped off by a Jela Duncan 52 yard touchdown run.

The Duke defense stopped Carolina on fourth and goal on the next Tarheel possession but the offense was unable to manage a first down and a 35 yard Will Monday punt gave the Heels good field position. The defense kept Carolina out of the end zone again and the Heels settled for a 35 yard field goal. Duke was unable to sustain their next drive and Monday’s punt pinned Carolina on their eight yard line. However, on third and seven Carolina took advantage of Freshman corner Jeremy McDuffie and Williams hit Switzer for a 74 yard TD pass.

Duke went hurry up and a tipped pass was intercepted giving UNC one more chance to put points on the board and they went after McDuffie again with a 49 yard scoring pass as time ran out.

UNC received the second half kick and drove 75 yards in eight plays in only 2:41 as Hood scored for the second time from 16 yards out. Duke responded by going 65 yards on a five play drive that took only 1:30 off the clock as Thomas Sirk ran for a 53 yard score. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, Carolina responded with a 62 yard, seven play drive capped off by another Williams TD pass. On the next Duke possession, another tipped pass resulted in a Tarheel interception returned to the Duke 20 yard line. Carolina found the end zone four plays later and any doubts that remained were only about the final margin.

The Blue Devils responded with a 12 play, 75 yard drive highlighted by a 26 yard catch and run by Freshman T.J. Rahming that gave Duke a first and goal on the four yard line. Sirk scored on a keeper to finish the drive. After another Carolina score by the second team offense, Duke’s back up quarterback Parker Boehme directed a 13 play drive that was kept alive by a fourth down completion to Terrence Alls. Three plays later, Boehme completed a short play action pass to Schneider for the last Duke score of the day. Duncan finished with 115 rushing yards for Duke and Powell had 98 yards on the ground.

Carolina is now in the driver’s seat for the Coastal Division title while Duke has to win out to match last season’s nine regular season victories. Duke is at home next week against the Pitt Panthers.