Sunday, October 16, 2022

UNC's Last Minute TD Tops Duke in Rivalry Classic

DURHAM – An eight-yard Drake Maye touchdown pass to Antoine Green at the edge of the endzone with 16 seconds left helped the North Carolina Tar Heels escape Durham with a 38-35 win over the Duke Blue Devils the latest installment of this Tobacco Road “Victory Bell” rivalry.

North Carolina opened the scoring with a 45-yard Noah Burnette field goal to take the early 3-0 edge. Duke quickly responded with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped by a two-yard rushing score by Waters. The Tar Heels jumped back in front 10-7 following a 10-yard touchdown reception by Kamari Morales from Drake Maye with under five minutes to play in the opening frame.

The Blue Devils answered with fourteen consecutive points in the second quarter following rushing scores by Leonard and Jaquez Moore. Leonard broke free for a 74-yard scamper, while Moore found paydirt from two yards out to make it a 21-10 ballgame. The visitors sparked a rally of their own, scoring 21-straight points with a Caleb Hood reception and two Elijah Green rushing scores to pull back in front at 31-21 with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter.

Duke again had an answer as Sahmir Hagans and Jordan Waters posted back-to-back touchdowns to take the 35-31 advantage with 10:12 left to play. Holding onto the slim four-point lead late in the game, the Blue Devils were at the North Carolina 11-yard line but couldn't find the end zone after consecutive penalties shifted them back, forcing them to settle for a 43-yard field goal attempts, which sailed wide right giving the Tar Heels hope.

North Carolina then drove 74 yards in nine plays to register the game-winning score with 16 seconds remaining.

Notable North Carolinians

Drake Maye (Myers Park) – The freshman quarterback finished with 380 passing yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Jordan Waters (Fairmont) – the redshirt junior running back scored two touchdowns and ran for 91 yards.

Caleb Hood (Richmond) – the sophomore running back ran for 48 yards, caught five passes, and score one touchdown.

Up Next

North Carolina is off next Saturday and will host Pittsburgh on October 29 while Duke travels to take on Miami.