Scores

Final

North Carolina 45

(3-9, 2-6 ACC)

Duke 44

(0-12, 0-8 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, November 25, 2006

Wallace Wade Stadium, DURHAM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 14 10 7 1445
DUKE 10 13 8 1344

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 285 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Edwards (UNC) - 19 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Nicks (UNC) - 7 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Blocked PAT helps UNC past Duke in Bunting's final game

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Brandon Tate returned a punt 54 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and Kentwan Balmer blocked an extra point that would have forced overtime Saturday, giving North Carolina a 45-44 victory over Duke in John Bunting's final game as the Tar Heels' coach.

The Blue Devils nearly rallied from a 14-point deficit by scoring two touchdowns in the final 5 minutes, the second coming when defensive lineman Patrick Bailey intercepted Joe Dailey and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown with 2:49 to play.

But Balmer burst through the middle and blocked Randy DeSmyter's extra-point attempt, and the Tar Heels recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to close Bunting's tenure at his alma mater with two straight victories over rivals North Carolina State and Duke.

Tate also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and became the third player in school history to score on punt and kickoff returns in the same game for the Tar Heels (3-9, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Dailey finished 20-of-31 for a season-high 253 yards with two long touchdowns for the Tar Heels.

Duke's Thad Lewis threw three of his career-high four touchdown passes to Tielor Robinson, and the two also hooked up on a two-point conversion attempt which tied it at 31-all with 1:21 left in the third quarter.

After the teams traded punts, Tate took Alex Feinberg's punt at the 46 and sprinted untouched through the Blue Devils' coverage unit with 12:53 to play for his first career TD on a punt return.

Bunting was fired Oct. 22 but was kept on to finish the season. Butch Davis officially takes over Monday.

The teams combined for 847 total yards and the 89 combined points were the second-highest total ever in the 93 meetings between Tobacco Road rivals.

Dailey had scoring passes covering 39 yards to Brooks Foster and 83 yards to Hakeem Nicks, and surpassed his previous best performance of the season, a 234-yard effort in the opener against Rutgers.

Lewis was 20-of-35 for 285 yards with touchdowns covering 20 yards to Nick Stefanow and 5, 3 and 3 yards to Robinson for the Blue Devils (0-12, 0-8), who lost their 20th straight game and haven't beaten a I-A team in more than two years.

Tate's long kickoff return came with 17 seconds left in the first half and put the Tar Heels up 24-23 at the break.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
DUKE
1st Downs1816
Total Yards453394
Passing253291
Rushing200103
Penalties6-753-20
3rd Down Conversions5-135-13
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers32
Possession30:1429:46

Passing Leaders

North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Dailey20/312538.221-
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Harris1/166.010-
Lewis20/352858.142-

Rushing Leaders

North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards19794.2118
Dailey5459.0023
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Boyette11605.5020
Drummer5204.0038

Receiving Leaders

North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nicks711716.7183
Holley5387.6017
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Riley411528.8052
King4256.3010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCDUKE
FG11:25RANDY DESMYTER 25 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 52 yards.
03
TD9:00BROOKS FOSTER 39 YD PASS FROM JOE DAILEY (CONNOR BARTH KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 84 yards.
73
TD6:36TIELOR ROBINSON 5 YD PASS FROM THADDEUS LEWIS (RANDY DESMYTER KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 59 yards.
710
TD5:09HAKEEM NICKS 83 YD PASS FROM JOE DAILEY (CONNOR BARTH KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 83 yards.
1410
SECOND QUARTERUNCDUKE
FG8:33CONNOR BARTH 20 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 17 yards.
1710
TD3:56NICK STEFANOW 20 YD PASS FROM THADDEUS LEWIS (RANDY DESMYTER KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 32 yards.
1717
TD0:35RAPHAEL CHESTNUT 6 YD PASS FROM CLIFFORD HARRIS (BLOCKED XP)
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yards.
1723
TD0:17BRANDON TATE 97 YD KICK RETURN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)2423
THIRD QUARTERUNCDUKE
TD5:09BARRINGTON EDWARDS 4 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 71 yards.
3123
TD1:21TIELOR ROBINSON 3 YD PASS FROM THADDEUS LEWIS (TIELOR ROBINSON 2PT PASS FROM THADDEUS LEWIS)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
3131
FOURTH QUARTERUNCDUKE
TD12:53BRANDON TATE 54 YD PUNT RETURN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)3831
TD8:51JUSTIN WARREN 45 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 71 yards.
4531
TD4:25TIELOR ROBINSON 3 YD PASS FROM THADDEUS LEWIS (RANDY DESMYTER KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yards.
4538
TD2:49PATRICK BAILEY 21 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (BLOCKED XP)4544