Following a big win over Georiga Tech, a closer look at Duke's stout defense, improvements in the passing game and some injury updates
Tar Heels confident after strong performance in loss at Notre Dame
NCCU pushed around S.C. State to stake its claim in league race
Nothing could stop Boston College’s productive ground game. Not a muddy field, not a long delay and — once again — definitely not N.C. State. Tyler Murphy rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and the Eagles beat N.C. State 30-14 on Saturday for the Wolfpack’s 11th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.
Notre Dame and UNC put up a combined 93 points, the most ever in the historic stadium that was built in 1930. But UNC (2-4, 0-2 ACC) allowed 50 points for the third time during its four-game losing streak, falling 50-43 to remain winless in 12 games here.
The deck stacked against them, the N.C. Central Eagles dealt last year’s co-champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference a taste of their own medicine during a 48-35 road win at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium on Saturday.
DUKE RUNS FOR 3 TDS, ENDS 10-GAME LOSING STREAK TO YELLOW JACKETS
For years, especially since coach Paul Johnson brought his spread option offense to Georgia Tech, Duke came up physically short and, thus, on the wrong end of the score against the Yellow Jackets.
That scenario reversed itself on Saturday and the Blue Devils notched a win that could define their season.
Duke prevailed physically on offense and defense, sporting an effective running game while slowing down Georgia Tech enough to beat the No. 22 Yellow Jackets 31-25 in ACC football at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The Blue Devils (5-1 overall, 1-1 in ACC) had not defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta since 1994 or anywhere since 2003. The last six years, Duke coach David Cutcliffe absorbed those losses in the annual Coastal Division games.
Duke decided it had had enough and, this time, the Blue Devils did something about it.
“We kept that chip on our shoulder,” Duke safety Deondre Singleton said. “Right before we went out, Coach Cut said, you know, we haven’t won here in so many years. So, it was there.”
Blue Devils rush for three touchdowns to end 10-game losing streak to Jackets
Heading into a key ACC game at Georgia Tech Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL), the Blue Devils aren’t passing the ball the way Coach David Cutcliffe hoped they would.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson committed to UNC in 2010 as a high school junior but reopened his recruitment later that year after the NCAA came to Chapel Hill. He has gone 15-1 as a starter at Notre Dame (5-0), with his only loss coming in the BCS Championship game following the 2012 season.
Leaving Florida has worked out pretty well for both Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy. The ex-Gators quarterbacks have led their new schools to big things and now they’re preparing to face off for the first time Saturday when North Carolina State (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays host to Boston College (3-2, 0-1).
N.C. Central at S.C. State
NCCU coach Jerry Mack says his Eagles can do a lot to show that they’re serious contenders to win the MEAC championship with a win in Orangeburg, South Carolina today (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Comments from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball coaches about how tough their nonconference games would be sounded like instant replays during the league’s preseason teleconference Thursday.
North Carolina has one quarterback who is leading the team in rushing, another with less experience and shaky confidence, and an offense that has been inconsistent through the first five games. And yet, the Tar Heels are sticking with their weekly plan to play both heading into No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.