Ring In The Victory Bell: Duke Holds On to Defeat Rival UNC, 42-35

Daniel Jones had a monstrous outing against the North Carolina Tar Heels as Duke outlasted the North Carolina Tar Heels in a rivalry matchup heard round the world of central North Carolina. It took neither team time to find a rhythm on offense, as the first half alone consisted of 63 points. Duke, however, managed to get some stops in the second half to slow the Rams and get the win at home. It’s the third straight year that Duke will claim the bell- Carolina leads the overall series but the past few years have indeed favored the Blue Devils.

Daniel Jones Excels on All Fronts

The Chronicle called him “DAN THE MAN”, which was well-deserved as Duke got a heck of a game out of quarterback Daniel Jones, who absolutely torched the Carolina defense and garnered a total of 547 total yards with over 361 passing and 185 rushing. UNC battled out to the final play, but it was Jones’s electrifying play that would win out. Specifically, Jones had two long runs that would score and set up a touchdown, respectively, for the Blue Devils that got the team and crowd pumped. It was one of the best performances ever by a Duke quarterback.

Defense Comes Up Big

After an absolute shootout in the first, the defense came up big for us in the second half. A tale of two halves, as some might call it: offense was rolling in the first on either side of the field yet neither team could keep the momentum in the second. Duke, specifically, had multiple big stops in a game where every possession mattered. Star linebacker Joe Giles-Harris was held out for injury, yet another major player sidelined, but the Blue Devils pulled through.

Next Up: @ Clemson, TBD

Duke takes on the #2 team in the country in Death Valley next week. Time TBD.

#OurBlueIsBest: Duke Football to Take on Tar Heels Saturday

Image result for duke footballWith all the basketball buzz some have forgotten this: Duke Football takes on crosstown rival UNC this weekend with. Now, it doesn’t carry the heavyweight glory of Alabama-LSU or Ohio State-Michigan, and definitely not Duke-UNC in college basketball, but there is some heavyweight involved: the VICTORY BELL. Winner takes all.

Duke Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling

Games against Virginia and Pitt- both losses- were put to bed against Miami, as the Blue Devils held on for a thrilling 20-12 statement victory which, while it wasn’t always pretty (literally, the game was a mudslide), tipped the scales in our favor for the remainder of the season and guaranteed qualification for a bowl game. Now, they come home for the first time since a loss to Virginia looking to claim the Victory Bell for a third straight year.

UNC’s Season? Not One for the Books.

Almost everything that could go wrong did this year for the Tar Heels. Starting QB Chazz Surratt and (I think) 11 other players were suspended from 1-4 games to start the season (Surratt got four) for selling their school-issued shoes. They had to start the season with Nathan Elliot, who started out looking, well, not up-to-speed. Almost immediately after Surratt returned, though, his season was over with a wrist injury. Anyway, currently, with three games to go in the season, UNC is 1-7, including losses to Cal and ECU, plus late losses to ACC rivals across the board. Coach Larry Fedora is on a major hot seat right now. And yet, you can’t count anybody out in a rivalry game. Don’t be fooled: they can lose to ECU (yes, ECU!) and still be red-hot ready to come to Wallace Wade. Plus, the Tar Heels are the only ACC team to knock off Pittsburgh (I shudder at the memory of Duke up there), plus close games with multiple ranked or formerly ranked teams. The tape is better than the record.

Duke looks to keep it going. UNC looks to stop them. Victory bell on the line. Let’s Go, Duke. Bleed blue.

And Now, An Extreme Weather Update (Yes, This Is Still A Sports Blog)

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Hurricane Florence. Source: CBS News.

Well, this is interesting. On the east coast, we’re preparing like never before for Hurricane Florence, which is currently barreling towards the coast of North Carolina and is almost certainly going to affect us in some way, shape, or form. I’m no meteorologist so I won’t be able to give you the up-to-date forecast on this storm, but I can tell you the ACC Sports that will be affected.

Nothing for Duke

Duke’s football program will go pretty much aside from the cancellation of classes starting tomorrow at 5pm. We travel to Baylor, Texas this weekend, far from the storm’s reach, so it’s a pretty darn lucky break for us, as no other Triangle team was this lucky. Duke is going to have to make some adjustments this weekend anyway: with QB Daniel Jones and CB Mark Gilbert injured, this weekend is the first time we’ll see Quentin Harris at full throttle in the QB position.

UNC vs. UCF Canceled

UNC’s home opener is canceled, but it’s not all bad news for the Tar Heels. For one thing, their players will only have to miss 3 games now: while most people think it’s per-game, it’s actually based on the percentage of the season that they miss (approximately). With twelve games, four games add up to about 30%, but by playing only eleven, they shift down to three games. Regardless, the 0-2 Heels could probably use the break, too. The past two weeks have been pretty bad, frankly, with losses to ECU and Cal, respectively. But hey, at least ECU didn’t force any turnovers! (Cal forced four)

NC State vs. West Virginia Cancelled

What stinks about this is that I was looking forward to seeing how NC State’s defense handles Heisman candidate Will Grier, mainly because my Vols didn’t do anything about him.

East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Postponed

It wasn’t expected to be much of a game, but, hey, anything could happen! Otherwise? ECU in Blacksburg is a sorry compound for the Pirates.

Boston College vs. Wake Forest Moved Up

The original starting time was 7:30, but 5:30 is not that bad. The game will be played, which is an upgrade.

Georgia Southern vs. Clemson Postponed

A new time will be decided. I haven’t seen Georgia Southern play, but I’m pretty sure Clemson will win. Just a hunch. Sorry, Georgia Southern, no disrespect to Y’all.

That’s basically a wrap. I also want to mention that I am not sure of what will happen to my area, and while it looks like we won’t be affected too badly, but anything could happen with this storm. Fran brought lengthy power outages so I will attempt to let you all know if I’m unable to blog for you all in some way.