Jones runs for record quarterback numbers
DURHAM — Duke’s Daniel Jones just about ran rival North Carolina out of town.
It seemed that way as the redshirt junior set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback and the Blue Devils finally rose up on defense in Saturday’s 42-35 victory at Wallace Wade Stadium.
“These games are a lot of fun, these rivalry games,” Jones said. “A lot of fun to come away with a win.”
Jones rushed for 185 yards and threw for three touchdowns as the Blue Devils retained the Victory Bell, which resides with the winning team until the following year’s meeting. Duke has won three straight against North Carolina for the first time since 1987-89.
“I love that bell, I truly do,” Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said. “I walk by it every day and I never take it for granted. I walk by and look at it. I took it (Friday) night and rolled it around a bit. I hate to admit that. That bell should be important to every player that has ever played Duke football.”
Jones had runs of 61 and 68 yards among his 14 carries. He also threw for 361 yards, completing 31 of 54 throws.
Duke (7-3 overall, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won two in a row going into next week’s game at Clemson, which took an undefeated mark into Saturday night’s game at Boston College.
The only scoring in the first 38 1/2 minutes of the second half came on Duke backup quarterback Quentin Harris’ 2-yard run just one play after Jones ran for 68 yards in the third quarter.
The Tar Heels (1-8, 1-6) have lost six games in a row, though they scored on Nathan Elliott’s 13-yard pass to Thomas Jackson with 1:15 to play.
Duke’s Jake Bobo recovered the ensuing onside kick. But after North Carolina exhausted its timeouts, Jones was picked off in the end zone on a fourth-down throw with 53 seconds left.
The Tar Heels reached the Duke 39 before Cade Fortin entered and threw an incomplete heave to end the game.
“I hurt for our seniors,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. “They will never have this opportunity again (against Duke) for the rest of their lives. This will be a memory that sticks with them for the rest of their lives.”
Duke never trailed after Jones’ 61-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds to go in the first half.
North Carolina running back Michael Carter gained 148 yards on 18 carries, accounting for a chunk of the team’s 315 rushing yards. Elliott threw for 221 yards on 27-for-41 passing.
In the second half, the Tar Heels had only one first down until the final five minutes.
“There were some adjustments made (by Duke),” Fedora said. “We didn’t handle those adjustments very well. We just didn’t move the chains the way we should have.”
Duke linebacker Ben Humphreys said: “We needed to do our own jobs. … We came together. We stuck like glue, no matter who came in.”
Duke running back Deon Jackson picked up 78 yards on the ground, including a 4-yard touchdown run.
For a while, North Carolina kept pace. Dazz Newsome’s 84-yard sprint allowed the Tar Heels to tie the game at 28-28 with 6:14 left in the second quarter.
That was part of an offensive-filled first half.
North Carolina’s Anthony Ratliff-Williams, a receiver taking a snap, ran 13 for the game’s opening points just 2:49 into the game.
It took Duke less than a minute to pull even on Jones’ 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Taylor.
North Carolina’s next possession resulted in Carter’s 40-yard touchdown run.
Jones hooked up with tight end Daniel Helm for 26-yard touchdown play and it was even at 14-14 at the 6:20 mark of the first quarter.
The Tar Heels looked ready to regain the lead in the opening minute of the second quarter, but kicker Freeman Jones’ 49-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright.
Just 98 seconds later, Duke was in the end zone on Jones’ 2-yard toss to Davis Koppenhaver, whose 11th career touchdown catch set a school record for a tight end.
North Carolina had an answer with Javonte Williams’ 2-yard run.
• EXTRA POINTS …: Duke kicker Collin Wareham missed a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter and third-quarter attempt from 40 yards blocked by Tomon Fox. Wareham was 7-for-8 on field goals entering the game. … Duke lost starting safety Dylan Singleton to a lower-body injury in the first half. He’s the team’s second-leading tackler.