North Carolina Tar Heels SHOCK the Miami Hurricanes and Duke buries Virginia/Plus Guilford final

Posted by Andy Durham on September 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

Doug Cockman will have the full run-down coming up later tonight but we had to get the early results in with UNC’s road win with a second-string quarterback and Duke out-scoring Virginia 31-0, after trailing 3-0 to start the game……

Last week State-ECU, this week UNC-Miami and the Duke route and how about Ole Miss over Florida 31-30 in the swamp. Let’s just hope Wake Forest can fight off Navy over in Winston-Salem. The Deacs are down early 17-0 and Navy is threatning to score again. Maryland topped Clemson 20-17 in Death Valley.

Doug will have more later but here’s the big-two of the Big Four from this afternoon:

MIAMI (AP) – Cameron Sexton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brooks Foster with 46 seconds left, Trimane Goddard had two interceptions in the final minutes, and North Carolina rallied from an early 14-point deficit to beat Miami 28-24 on Saturday.

Sexton – playing because North Carolina starter T.J. Yates will miss six weeks with a broken left ankle – relieved starter Mike Paulus early and completed 11 of 19 passes for 243 yards, including two fourth-quarter scores.

He found Hakeem Nicks with a 74-yard pass with 9 minutes remaining, then coolly found Foster in the right corner of the end zone in the final minute to give North Carolina (3-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) its first lead of the day.

Miami had one more chance, getting the ball at its own 31. Robert Marve found Kayne Farquharson for a 29-yard gain that took the Hurricanes to the North Carolina 20 with 15 seconds remaining.

Marve nearly hooked up with Farquharson again on the final play of the game, but Goddard’s second pick of the quarter sealed the Tar Heels’ win. Farquharson had his hands on the ball in the end zone, yet Goddard was the one who wound up with possession.

Marve threw three touchdown passes for Miami (2-2, 0-1), and Graig Cooper rushed for 113 yards plus had a receiving TD for the Hurricanes, who lost to the Tar Heels for the second straight season.

A year ago, Miami almost pulled off a stunning comeback against North Carolina, nearly rallying from a 27-0 halftime deficit.

This time, the Tar Heels showed the Hurricanes how to pull one of those off.

Down 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter after Marve connected with Aldarius Johnson on a 4-yard touchdown pass, the Tar Heels went to work. Nicks caught the ball ahead of a diving Bruce Johnson for the first North Carolina touchdown of the final quarter, seeming to stun the Hurricanes a bit, and then Sexton delivered the perfect touch pass at the end.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -Duke took advantage of five second-half turnovers to beat Virginia 31-3 on Saturday and end a 25-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak.

Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed nine of his first 10 pass attempts after halftime, and the Blue Devils scored three touchdowns in a 10-minute span.

Duke intercepted Virginia’s Marc Verica four times in the second half. Jabari Marshall returned the third interception 42 yards for a touchdown for Duke (3-1, 1-0 ACC), off to its best start since the 1994 team started 7-0.

Duke’s last ACC victory before Saturday was Nov. 13, 2004, a 16-13 home victory over Clemson.

This one also seemed headed toward a last-second ending. The teams were locked in a 3-3 defensive battle at halftime, and Virginia had locked down Duke’s passing game.

Freshman Jay Hollingsworth took a screen pass 10 yards for his first touchdown to give Duke a 10-3 lead. Then Duke relied on its defense, getting an interception from Leon Wright to set up Eron Riley’s 30-yard touchdown reception.

Riley, Duke’s top receiver, was held without a catch in the first half, but he had three for 36 yards in the third quarter, including his sixth touchdown of the season and 20th of his career.

Marshall snared a tipped pass off the hands of Virginia tight end John Phillips and dashed 42 yards for a touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

Virginia (1-3, 0-1) has been outscored 144-20 this season.

Though Virginia moved the ball at times in the first half, it couldn’t finish drives. The Cavaliers failed to pick up a first down on their first nine third downs.

Each team struggled offensively in the first half. Duke had two turnovers and botched a fake punt in Virginia territory and got only Nick Maggio’s 20-yard field goal with one second left in the half.

Ras-I Dowling had two first-half interceptions for the Cavaliers. His first, on the first play from scrimmage, ended Lewis’ school-record streak of 206 attempts without an interception.

Lewis finished 18-for-32 for 160 yards.

*****from theacc.com*****

1:00 PM Guilford(2-2) 14 Hampden-Sydney(4-0) 35 Final *****From the ODAC Conference Web Site…….


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