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Fortunately, we don't need to deal with any of that undefeated Iowa nonsense. There goes another team that may have been ahead of Duke in the final BCS rankings.
Here we go! ESPNU opens with a shot of a UNC cheerleader with the Victory Bell - That will be come home today on the 15-501
UNC gets the ball first - and will start at the 26. Let's see if the defense can set the tone.
UNC picks up a 1st down on a pair of runs - I hope I don't hear that annoying "First Down! Carolina!" too often This season. On UNC's first air attempt - they get a guy wide open downfield, and Yates overthrows him.. whew!
Another first down on a pair of runs - big holes opened thus far.
A roughing the passer penalty moves the ball to the 22 - and the 1st good Duke defensive play of the game as the RB is stuffed in the backfield - 2nd and 11.
First third and long of the game - let's see if the Duke D can come up with something. Yates tosses the ball into the endzone looking for his TE, and overthrows him. Sets up a 40 yd FG, which sneaks it inside the right upright to put UNC up 3-0
UNC starting RB Shaun Droughn has his pads off - looks like he may be done for the day. Vernon takes the kick back to the Duke 40 - good start for the ULtimate Warrior
Desmond Scott starts in the backfield, and scoots forward for a yard for a 1st and 10. Ouch! Lewis crunched for a sack on 2nd and 9, fumbles, but fortunately, Duke falls on it. On 3rd and 16, Lewis finds Vernon, but well short of the 1st down and must punt. Jnones shanks the punt, and allows UNC to take over at the 24. Tough start for Duke - Lewis getting enough time will be crucial
A short pass and a short run on 1st and 2nd down brings up a 3rd and 5 for UNC. Yates back to pass - fires over the middle for a first down to his TE. Ugh! Let's crank it up again
2nd huge break for Duke as duke lets the fake end-around guy go, and he's WIDE open downfield, but drops the pass from Yates - he may still be running absent the drop.
A false start penalty and a short run brings up another 3rd and long - 12 to be exact. Yates finds his TE AGAIN and he trucks forward for another first down. That one hurt.
A short run and a pass knockdown brings up the third 3d down of the drive, and finally, Duke gets some pressure on the QB, and forces a bad throw. A close call again as the Duke defender hits Yates a tad late. UNC's punt goes into the end zone, and here comes Thad again.
Boyette hammers the ball up the middle for 4 on 1st down. Thad finds Vernon on the WR screen and that is blown up by UNC - and uh oh - the Ultimate Warrior is down.
Vernon walks off under his own power - Lewis with an empty backfield, looks for Williams downfield and the ball is tipped away by a linebacker. A second straight three and out for Duke.
UNC will take over at its own 36 after the Duke punt. A trickeration option gets UNC a -1 and a second and 11
A run after a false start penalty gets UNC back to the original line of scrimmage - and uh oh. there's a Duke player down - can't tell who this is right this second - Damion Thornton will get up and walk off under his own power.
Some helmet to helmet contact for Thornton. Hopefully, he will be okay. Yates rolls out to his right, looks to his TE AGAIN and misfires. Here comes UNC's 2nd punt of the day after a 3 and out.
Duke BLOCKS the punt!! and Duke will take over at the UNC 29
Lewis on the QB draw and he will be dropped in the backfield for a 6 yard loss.
A first big first down for Duke! as Thad finds King for a big gain and a 1st and 10 at the 15. Lewis on a designed QB draw and gets about 2 yards.
Thad needs to be careful - need at least a FG here. Lewis has Varner in the corner .... and Varner can't quite get there. A 3rd and 9 at the 14, a big play here.
Lewis in the shotgun, finds Kelly but SHORT of the first down by about a yard. And here comes Snyderwinne for the equalizing field goal. Wait, Maggio is kicking today?? What is going on? The 23 yarder is good
UNC takes over again on their own 27, now with the score tied.
Houston picks up 3 on a first down run up the middle - the Duke run D has picked it up since the opening drive sloppiness. UNC on the end-around, and Duke ends that play in a hurry, dropping the flanker in the backfield for a 2 yard loss.
The 1st quarter winds down - and it's all knotted up at a field goal apiece.
On a third and nine, Yates finds a WR downfield on a comeback route for a gain of 16 and a first down. Houston carries for 8 on the first down, and a second and short coming up.
Houston gets the 1st down - and Duke is in a huge deficit as far as time of possession is concerned
Houston gets 9 on a 1st down - this is making it easy again for UNC.
Houston carries for a 1st down to the Duke 27, and UNC is in FG range.
2 more runs gets the ball down to the Duke 15. UNC's Time of Possession edge is not helping Duke's front seven here.
Houston has 2 short runs on 1st and 2nd down, and now a HUGE 3d and 6 from the 11.
Yates again misfires on a wide open target downfield. If Lewis was QBing UNC - they would be up 17-3.
29 yd FG for Barton is straight through. UNC retakes the lead 6-3.
Duke takes over at its own 29 following the kickoff. Thad with a 4 yard run on the QB keeper. UNC gets a ton of pressure on Thad and he has to throw the ball away - 3rd and 6 for Duke. Lewis finds Varner on a short in route and GETS the first down!
Lewis rolls out right, and misfires on a sideline out to Varner. 2nd and 10. Vernon is back on the field - that is good to see.
Lewis on the option, and that is stuffed for a 2 yard loss. A third and long - and the UNC defense is looking very stout so far. Lewis finds Hollingsworth in the flat, and he's well short of the first down. Crappy punt again, big return into Duke territory but a flag for holding on the return team negates it.
UNC starts at their own 16. Hatcher stuffs Houston on 1st down, and another end around nets about 3 yards to bring up a 3rd and 7 from the 19. Yates in the pocket, has pressure up the middle, and finds his TE AGAIN for a first down. Someone cover that man!Akpakawara and Egboe with a HUGE sack of Yates on 1st down, and brings up a second and 17.
Yates finds Highsmith for a 5 yard pick-up, and now for another 3rd and long. UNC has been converting these - BUT NOT THIS TIME!! Vince Oghobaase gets the sack! Let's hope this defensive stand lights a fire in the offense.
Low snap, bad punt, and Duke will take over at its own 47.
And Wake Forest is up on GT 14-10 in the 2nd quarter.
Williams gets the toss from Lewis on the quick slant and picks up a first down right away to the UNC 41.
A stuffed run, and incomplete pass and a 9 yard in route and Duke will go for it on 4th down at the 30.5 yard line. And now Coach Cut calls a time-out to think about it.
4th and 1, and a straight handoff for Duke??? Hollingsworth BARELY gets the 1st down on a favorable spot.
With the clock sliding under 70 seconds, Lewis finds Kelly for a 4 yard gain on an in. No sense of urgency yet. 45 seconds left. Lewis finds Hollinsworth in the flat for another 3 yard gain. Now, a big third down. Duke has a TO left.
34 ticks to go, Duke ball at the UNC 24. Lewis finds Kelly for the 1st down at the 17. 28 seconds left, and Thad spikes it to stop the clock at 26 ticks.
Lewis from the 17, and a false start by Duke pushes back 5 yards. MORE SPACE FOR Maggio/Snyderwine?
Lewis goes deep down the sidelines... and flags fly as Varner is being held up.... The holding gives Duke a 1st and 10 from the UNC 12 with 20 ticks left.
Lewis finds Vernon at the 8 - Duke calls its last time out with 11 ticks left... Nervous Nervous here!!
2nd and 6. Lewis rolls out and the corner route is not open as Lewis throws it away. Here comes Nick Maggio on for the kick. 26 yards - and the kick splits the uprights, tying the game at 6 at halftime.
Williams has a big return - but some laundry on the field will negate it as Duke starts deep in its own territory.
Desmond Scott runs into a sea of pale blue on 1st down, setting up a second and 12. Lewis evades pressure in the backfield - and finds emerges from it and a lot of space. Lewis rumbles for 19 and gives Duke some breathing room.
Same thing again on the next play, Lewis steps up, and rumbles up the middle for another 14 yards. Duke ball at the 42.
Lewis finds Shelden Bell on a quick hitch route, setting up a second and short - this IS Duke football
Lewis pass is batted down at the line - and now a third and 4 from the Duke 47.
Lewis gets time but misfires to Williams. A promising start to no avail as Jones gets ready to punt. Gets it away, and some contact downfield with the punt returner.
UNC will get it at the 26 to start.
UNC debuts with a hook and lateral on its 1st play of the second - and gets about 14 yards.
Houston jammed up on 1st down, and now a 2nd and 11. Yates finds Little on a quick drag through the middle, evades one tackler, but can't get away. Sets up a 3rd and 6. And, STUNNING, Yates finds his TE AGAIN!
Yates on the roll-out, and he finds the TE (whose name is actually Pianalto) for another 1st down on a catch and run.
Yates goes deep in single coverage for Jones - and Robo knocks it away at the last second (and somehow avoids the interference). 3rd and 7 from the 37. Yates has to settle for Houston in the flat, and he's tackled immediately by Wright. 4th and 7 from the 37. Let's see what UNC does here.
UNC lined up in punt formation - punts it away and UNC players runs into the Duke returner. Duke should get decent field position here.
wait, no penalty - so Duke starts at the 8. UNC jumped offsides, so Duke gets a 1st and 5.
Scott gets the carry and nearly picks up the first down. Scott tries again on 2nd down and gives nearly all of it back.
Lewis completely misfires on 3rd down - not sure what he was attempting to do - and now Duke must punt.
Great punt by Jones will give UNC the ball at the 38.
3 carries and 3 clouds of dust gets UNC a 1st down
Yates finds Little on a slant over the middle, he breaks two tackles, and looks like he may have fumbled the ball before his forward progress was stopped
Duke loses the challenge. 1st and 10 for UNC.
Houston carries for about 5 yards into Duke territory.
3rd and 1 for UNC . Ball is deflected! Leon Wright with the pick!! He's got some blocks - and gets it back to the UNC 35!!
The perfunctory run gets 1 yard on 1st down. The Duke WR screen on second down gets about 4 yards - and now a third and 5 from the 32. Let's see if THad can make some magic here.
And Lewis is PICKED on third down!! a big return will bring it back all the way to the UNC 20. Ugh! huge blown opportunity.
An illegal crackback block on 1st down, a blown up WR screen on 1st down sets up a 2nd and 20.
Yates misfires on 2nd and 20 - and now the Boo-Birds are out at Kenan Stadium
3rd and 20 for UNC - Yates finds Houston in the flat and picks up 6 yards, and UNC will have to settle for a FG attempt here. Here comes Barth for a 41 yarder, and it's good. THe 3rd quarter draws to a close with UNC up 9-6.
Another huge return for Williams, and laundry flies on the tackle - perhaps a face mask of some sort? Late hit on UNC, and Duke will get excellent field position in UNC territory.
Duke experiments with the Pistol on 1st down, and absolutely nothing for Boyette. Lewis in the gun, goes deep for Vernon down the sideline - and it is just a tad overthrown... This would be a wasted opportunity here if Duke can't convert. Lewis finds Varner down the middle for a pickup of 7 on third down. A fourth and 4, and Duke will go for it.
Lewis audibles, gets the snap, the ball is tipped, and falls incomplete. UNC ball at their own 35.
DUke is running out of chances here.
3 carries by Houston gets UNC a first down to midfield
UNC keeps it on the ground on its next 2 plays, sets up a 3rd and 4. I'm guessing a completion to the TE is likely.
Nope, but it's a short slant to a WR for a 1st - not sure why Duke wasn't pressing more there on 3rd down as the clock winds down near 10 minutes.
Houston carries again for 7 yards on 1st down - he's been quite a work horse today.
Houston gets it again and picks up the 1st down inside the Duke 30
Houston gets it AGAIN and rumbles all the way to the Duke 7 yard line. This is the end of the VaTech game all over again.
Houston gets the ball again on 1st and 2nd down - sets up a 3rd and goal from the 3.
UNC will call a time out to think about it. THis is the game right here if UNC punches it in.
Uh Oh - Boyd on the end-around and gets in to the end zone. Crap
Lewis scrambles for 4 yards on 1st down, and throws incomplete to Huffman on second down. 3d and 7 at the 34. And Lewis gets sacked.
Jones on for the punt.
5:32 left as UNC takes over deep in Duke territory after a big punt return.
UNC keeps it on the ground - no surprise there.
3rd and 9 for UNC from the 16, and Yates floats it into the end zone incomplete. Barth on for the FG.
FG straight through. DUke gets the ball at its own 22. Lewis dump off to Scott for a 3 yard gain; and again to pick up the 1st down. 3:22 left. Lewis back to pass, goes downfield for Vernon, incomplete, and he gets drilled. A flag flies for unnecessary roughness and Duke gets the first down.
Lewis back to pass on the roll out, again tight coverage, and incomplete as the pass is broken up.
Lewis on the rollout, and Searcy breaks up the Lewis pass to Varner, as the clock slides under 3 minutes.
Lewis gets sacked on 3rd and 10. a UNC player hits Thad late for no apparent reason - Duke gets another 1st down on a personal foul.
Renfree no in for Lewis - and his first pass is picked off by Williams. Flags again fly.
The refs wil sort it out. Some illegal blocks and offsetting personal fouls. Looks like UNC will take over. That wraps it up on a disappointing day.
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