No. 24 Duke takes Coastal, will meet No. 2 FSU for ACC title

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

Duke coach David Cutcliffe and his players talked openly all season about winning a division title and earning a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

On Saturday, the No. 24 Blue Devils — 2-33 in the three seasons prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival as head coach — made the once-thinkable goal a reality, complete with Cutcliffe being carried off the field as his players celebrated with Duke fans in their rival’s stadium.

Ross Martin kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left for a 27-25 win at North Carolina, clinching the Coastal Division championship with the Blue Devils’ eighth straight victory. Duke faces No. 2 Florida State in Saturday’s ACC championship game in Charlotte, where the heavy underdog Blue Devils will go for their first league crown since they shared the title with Virginia in 1989.

Saturday’s win was Duke’s 10th, a new school record.