C.J. Brown ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more, and Maryland beat North Carolina State 41-21 on Saturday in its final Atlantic Coast Conference game.
4TH QUARTER COMEBACK NETS DUKE 1OTH WIN, BERTH IN ACC TITLE GAME
Ross Martin kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left and No. 24 Duke beat North Carolina 27-25 on Saturday, completing the Blue Devils' improbable run to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Anthony Boone threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns to Jamison Crowder as the Blue Devils (10-2, 6-2 ACC) clinched the Coastal Division championship with their eighth straight victory. DeVon Edwards' interception with 13 seconds left clinched the long-suffering program's first 10-win season.
Duke will face No. 2 Florida State on Saturday in Charlotte, where the heavy underdog Blue Devils will go for their first ACC crown since 1989.
Duke led 24-15 in the third quarter but needed to rally to beat the rival Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4).
Marquise Williams ran for two scores and threw for another for UNC, which had won five straight.
Defensive backs Tré Boston and Brian Walker dropped likely interceptions on back-to-back plays while running back T.J. Logan dropped a 37-yard pass that would have been a touchdown. Russell Bodine pushed a player after the whistle and Travis Hughes pushed a player into the goalpost to record unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Freshman defensive back answers UNC go-ahead score with 99-yard kickoff return, sets up key Duke touchdown in second half with interception.
When Duke and UNC meet at Kenan Stadium today (noon, ESPN2), the Blue Devils have far more than neighborhood bragging rights on the line. Duke (9-2, 5-2 in the ACC) will win the ACC Coastal Division outright and claim its first trip to the ACC Championship Game Dec. 7 in Charlotte against undefeated and second-ranked Florida State if it can beat UNC (6-5. 4-3).
The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team made some more history Friday, putting an end to Duke’s season. The top-seeded Hokies jumped, sang and hugged each other after beating unseeded Duke 3-0 in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal on a cold afternoon at Thompson Field. The Hokies (19-4-3) advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the first time. They will face Florida State on Dec. 6 in Cary.
After Duke defeated North Carolina on a last-minute touchdown pass last season, the Blue Devils sprinted over to the UNC sideline to grab the Victory Bell, paint it Duke blue and ring it as fans poured onto the field at Wallace Wade Stadium. It wasn’t anything UNC left tackle James Hurst wanted to see.
Arizona State (5-1) forced overtime with a layup as the regulation buzzer sounded. Carolina (5-2) had a chance to put the game away at the free throw line but missed two shots with nine seconds left that would have put the Tar Heels up four points.
Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more on Friday as Marshall took an early undisputed lead and defeated East Carolina 59-28 to win the East Division championship of the Conference USA.
Tricia Liston scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and added 11 rebounds to lead No. 2 Duke to a 97-64 win over Central Michigan at the Paradise Jam on Friday.
Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke 72-66 on Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The No. 15-ranked Blue Devils (27-4, 18-2) launched a phenomenal, focused attack to rip off an 11-1 run over the shell-shocked Tar Heels to erase an eight-point ddficit and win the fourth set to send the title tilt to a deciding fifth set and the eventual ACC championship 3-2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday.
Duke's plethora of in-state players makes the annual game with North Carolin all the more special.
Durham football team heads to Florida to chase a championship.