Final Score: Duke 27, UNC 25
While rivalry week offers plenty for college football fans to talk about, one aspect of this weekend's games which shouldn't be overlooked is the astounding season posted by the Duke Blue Devils. However, it could've likely all been for naught had they not pulled out this game against their bitterest rival.
In fact, many would contend that this victory was the single biggest in Duke's history. It sealed the first 10-win season in school history and a berth in the ACC title game against Florida State. And of course, these accomplishments were made all the sweeter for Blue Devils fans since they came against a squad who's typically had their number through the years.
Today's victory marked the first time the Blue Devils won two consecutive games against UNC since 1988-89 and just their third win in the series since 1990. But their in-state foes didn't make it easy on them. Tar Heel quarterback Marquise Williams, who had 330 total yards and was responsible for all three UNC touchdowns, was pivotal in keeping his team in this game.
Nonetheless, it was the play Williams didn't make which Duke faithful will remember in this one. At midfield and looking for a game-winning field goal, Williams threw an errant ball which landed in the waiting arms of DeVon Edwards and sealed the historic Duke victory.
Whether or not Duke can hang around with Florida State next week in the ACC title game remains to be seen, but just getting there shows how far coach David Cutcliffe's squad has come. And don't be surprised if this gritty outfit makes it tougher than the Seminoles might like.