GameDay: Duke clinches Coastal title share; UNC bowl eligible
No. 25-ranked Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) climbed out of an early 14-0 hole and overcame a second-half deficit for the fourth time in five games — all wins — to beat Wake Forest (4-7, 2-6 ACC) 28-21 in Winston-Salem Saturday.
The Blue Devils, picked to finish last in the ACC’s Coastal Division in preseason, clinched at least a share of the division crown and will advance to the ACC Championship Game Dec. 7 in Charlotte if it can win at rival North Carolina on Saturday.
The nine wins are the most for a Duke team since the 1941 season when the Blue Devils finished 9-2 including a Rose Bowl loss to Oregon State at what is now Wallace Wade Stadium on Jan. 1, 1942.
In Chapel Hill, North Carolina ran up a basketball-like 80-20 win over visiting Old Dominion (8-4). The win, UNC’s fifth straight, lifted the Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3) to bowl eligibility and to within one victory of a winning season.
In Raleigh, East Carolina (9-2) had no trouble beating N.C. State (3-8, 0-7 ACC) 42-28. The Pirates, who beat North Carolina 55-31 in Chapel Hill earlier this season, beat both major in-state university rivals in the same season for the first time.
In Greensboro, North Carolina A&T (7-4, 4-4 MEAC) won its annual rivalry game against N.C. Central 28-0 and denied NCCU (5-7, 3-5 MEAC) a .500 season in both teams’ season finale.