Scores

Final

Duke 6

(5-4, 3-2 ACC)

North Carolina 19

(6-3, 2-3 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, November 7, 2009

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
DUKE 3 3 0 06
UNC 3 3 3 1019

Top Performers

Passing: T. Yates (UNC) - 119 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Houston (UNC) - 37 CAR, 164 YDS

Receiving: Z. Pianalto (UNC) - 5 REC, 42 YDS

North Carolina halts Duke's offense, win streak as run game spurs Heels

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Ryan Houston ran for a career-high 164 yards and Jheranie Boyd scored the clinching touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to help North Carolina beat Duke 19-6 on Saturday.

Charles Brown also came up with a key interception late in the third quarter as part of a dominating defensive performance for the Tar Heels (6-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shut down Thad Lewis and the prolific passing attack that had carried the Blue Devils (5-4, 3-2) to three straight victories.

Duke finished with 125 total yards and had to fight for every one of them. The Tar Heels didn't have much offensive success, but they wore down the Blue Devils behind Houston after starting tailback Shaun Draughn went out with an early shoulder injury.

Houston finished with a career-high 37 carries, including 10 on the clock-draining drive that ended with Boyd's touchdown with 6:57 left.

He also had the lead block on Matt Daniels that allowed Boyd to get to the right pylon on a 3-yard end-around that made it a two-possession game.

Not a bad performance for a guy who typically served as the short-yardage and goal-line back and had never had more than 18 carries or 74 yards rushing in a game. Then again, the Tar Heels didn't have much choice after Draughn injured his left shoulder on a 9-yard gain on the Tar Heels' first offensive play and didn't return.

North Carolina didn't manage much offense outside of Houston.

T.J. Yates threw for just 119 yards and the Tar Heels had to rely on a career-high four field goals from Casey Barth.

But they're now one win from bowl eligibility -- though their last home game is next week against No. 16 Miami, followed by trips to Boston College and rival North Carolina State to close the regular season.

It was the first meeting in 15 years in which both North Carolina and Duke had winning records, while it was one of the rare times in the rivalry that they weren't meeting to close the regular season. But it ended much like the rest have, with North Carolina winning for the 19th time in 20 meetings.

The game remained tight until the final period despite the fact Lewis was under constant pressure and didn't have time to wait for his receivers to get open.

He completed 16 of 33 passes for 113 yards, snapping his streak of four straight 300-yard games. His biggest mistake came when he tried to force the ball to Conner Vernon late in the third quarter only to see Brown jump in front of the pass and return it 54 yards. That set up Barth's 41-yard kick for a 9-6 lead on the final play of the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DUKE
UNC
1st Downs1121
Total Yards125311
Passing113119
Rushing12192
Penalties4-4511-120
3rd Down Conversions2-1311-20
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession21:2738:33

Passing Leaders

DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis16/331133.401
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates16/281194.301

Rushing Leaders

DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis1070.7019
Boyette341.304
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houston371644.4019
Little4123.0010

Receiving Leaders

DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly4225.508
King12222.0022
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pianalto5428.4012
Little3268.7013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDUKEUNC
FG11:25Casey Barth 40 Yd 03
FG01:10Nick Maggio 23 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERDUKEUNC
FG09:59Casey Barth 29 Yd 36
FG00:00Nick Maggio 26 Yd 66
THIRD QUARTERDUKEUNC
FG00:00Casey Barth 41 Yd 69
FOURTH QUARTERDUKEUNC
TD06:57Jheranie Boyd 3 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 616
FG03:56Casey Barth 33 Yd 619