DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Chad Scott rushed for 144 yards and scored
two touchdowns to help North Carolina become bowl eligible for the
first time in three years with a 40-17 victory over Duke on
Ronnie McGill also ran for a TD and Darian Durant threw for
another score for the Tar Heels (6-5, 5-3 Atlantic Coast
Conference), who finished the regular season with their first
two-game winning streak since 2001.
That came during a run to the Peach Bowl in coach John Bunting's
first season, and the team had only five wins combined in the next
two seasons. But behind Durant and Scott, the Tar Heels won four of
their final six games -- including an upset of then-No. 4 Miami --
and most likely are headed to the Continental Tire Bowl in
Immediately after the game, North Carolina chancellor James
Moeser and athletic director Dick Baddour said Bunting will receive
a two-year contract extension, giving the embattled coach five more
years at his alma mater.
Durant missed one series with a sprained shoulder, then returned
to lead North Carolina on a 67-yard drive for the go-ahead score, a
5-yard run by Scott that made it 13-10 in the second quarter.
North Carolina also played stifling defense for the first time
this season to reclaim the Victory Bell, the trophy on wheels that
goes to the winner in this rivalry. The Blue Devils (2-9, 1-7) won
last year for the first since 1989, when a team led by Steve
Spurrier beat the Tar Heels 41-0.
Spurrier, reportedly the next coach at South Carolina, was on
hand Saturday to take part in a halftime ceremony that honored that
ACC championship team. He didn't answer any questions about his
North Carolina, allowing 465 yards a game coming in, held Duke
to only 217, bettering the previous low of 335 yards the Tar Heels
gave up last week against Wake Forest. Cornerback Kareen Taylor
sealed the victory with a 64-yard interception return for a
touchdown with about two minutes left.
The Blue Devils finished another forgettable season, with their
victory over Clemson a week ago their only one over a Division I-A
They took a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter when Kenneth
Stanford returned a blocked field goal 70 yards for a touchdown,
then closed to 20-17 in the final minute of the half on Justin
Boyle's 6-yard touchdown run.
Duke finished 1-for-13 in third-down conversions.
Scott got started on the first possession, running four times
for all 56 yards. From the Blue Devils 21, he started up the
middle, broke left, then outran the defense to the corner of the
end zone for a 7-0 lead.
He finished the first quarter with 90 yards and reached 114 by
halftime, giving him at least 100 in three of the final four games.