Scores

Final

North Carolina 30

(5-3, 2-2 ACC)

Duke 33

(6-2, 3-1 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, October 20, 2012

Wallace Wade Stadium, DURHAM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 3 3 3 2130
DUKE 10 10 3 1033

Top Performers

Passing: B. Renner (UNC) - 198 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: G. Bernard (UNC) - 24 CAR, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Vernon (DUKE) - 6 REC, 124 YDS

Last minute TD makes Duke bowl eligible for 1st time since 1994

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Sean Renfree's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on fourth down with 13 seconds left lifted Duke past North Carolina 33-30 on Saturday night and made the Blue Devils bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.

Renfree finished 23 of 36 for 276 yards for Duke (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and converted three third-and-longs during the game-winning, 87-yard drive. That came after the Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2) erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and took the lead when Duke fumbled after forcing a turnover and Gio Bernard ran it in for a touchdown.

Renfree led the Blue Devils into the red zone in the final minute, and after Jela Duncan's 2-yard run on third-and-4, Duke called its final timeout with 19 seconds left. Renfree then rolled and found a leaping Crowder over the middle for the go-ahead score.

Duke snuffed out a series of laterals on the Tar Heels' final play, and the students poured onto the Wallace Wade Stadium field to celebrate the Blue Devils' first win against North Carolina since 2003 and their first home victory in the series since 1998.

Backup quarterback Anthony Boone and Duncan each had 2-yard scoring runs and Ross Martin kicked four field goals for the Blue Devils, who have their best record through eight games since the 1994 team opened 7-1 on its way to the Hall of Fame Bowl -- the school's most recent postseason appearance.

Bernard had 143 yards and two touchdowns -- including the bizarre one with 3:12 left that gave North Carolina a short-lived lead.

Bryn Renner hit a wide-open Erik Highsmith over the middle for 36 yards to the Duke 24. Jordon Byas knocked the ball loose and when it slipped away from Duke teammate Ross Cockrell, Bernard gleefully scooped it up and took it in from 4 yards out to make it 30-26 and send the UNC bench into delirium.

Renner finished 19 of 32 for 198 yards -- he was 9 of 13 for 162 in the fourth quarter -- for North Carolina. An offense that entered averaging 40 points and 486 total yards managed only three Casey Barth field goals through three quarters before reeling off three touchdowns in the fourth.

Its defense was gashed by Duke's previously nondescript rushing attack, with the Blue Devils rolling up 510 total yards and 234 yards rushing -- the most ever on the ground by a David Cutcliffe-coached Duke team, and the most allowed this season by a North Carolina defense that entered ranked in the ACC's top tier in every significant stat category.

Three rushers had at least 64 yards apiece for Duke, with Josh Snead leading the way with a career-high 99.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
DUKE
1st Downs2228
Total Yards414510
Passing237276
Rushing177234
Penalties2-208-79
3rd Down Conversions4-159-18
4th Down Conversions4-41-2
Turnovers21
Possession26:2133:39

Passing Leaders

North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renner19/321986.220
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renfree23/362767.711

Rushing Leaders

North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bernard241436.0134
Blue2115.508
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Snead15996.6019
Duncan22743.4112

Receiving Leaders

North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ebron56813.6034
Bernard56613.2139
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vernon612420.7035
Crowder5418.2126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCDUKE
FG11:00Casey Barth 30 Yd 30
TD06:59Anthony Boone 2 Yd Run (Ross Martin Kick) 37
FG02:02Ross Martin 28 Yd 310
SECOND QUARTERUNCDUKE
FG14:12Ross Martin 30 Yd 313
FG11:20Casey Barth 23 Yd 613
TD04:25Jela Duncan 2 Yd Run ( Kick) 620
THIRD QUARTERUNCDUKE
FG08:38Casey Barth 28 Yd 920
FG04:28Ross Martin 20 Yd 923
FOURTH QUARTERUNCDUKE
TD13:14Giovani Bernard 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1623
FG09:22Ross Martin 43 Yd 1626
TD06:28Sean Tapley 5 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Casey Barth Kick) 2326
TD03:12Giovani Bernard 4 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Casey Barth Kick) 3026
TD00:13Jamison Crowder 5 Yd Pass From Sean Renfree (Ross Martin Kick) 3033