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Jones, Wilson help Duke upset No. 15 North Carolina 28-27

North Carolina’s Andre Smith (10) dives in as Duke’s Shaun Wilson (29) fumbles the ball in the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones recovered the ball for a touchdown. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)
North Carolina’s Andre Smith (10) dives in as Duke’s Shaun Wilson (29) fumbles the ball in the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones recovered the ball for a touchdown. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)
By Aaron Beard Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. – Daniel Jones ran for two scores and threw for another to help Duke upset No. 15 North Carolina 28-27 on Thursday night.

The redshirt freshman gave the defense fits all night with his mobility for the Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), running for 94 yards as part of a ground game that kept moving the chains against the Tar Heels (7-3, 5-2, No. 17 CFP). Shaun Wilson ran for a game-high 107 yards and a score of his own, Duke finished with 227 yards rushing and converted 10 of 17 third-down chances.

That formula was on display at the end, as Duke took more than 6 1/2 minutes off the clock with a long drive from its own 1 before punting back to UNC. The Blue Devils then came up with a final stop, with Alonzo Saxton II picking off Mitch Trubisky near midfield with 1:02 left on a night that ended with Duke players sprinting across the field to re-claim the Victory Bell presented to the winner of the long-running rivalry.

The takeaway

UNC: The Tar Heels likely saw any chance of repeating as the league’s Coastal Division champion die with this loss, and there was a familiar problem with being physical enough to stop the run. UNC’s high-scoring offense also, surprisingly, sputtered after halftime.

DUKE: After a couple of close losses, Duke showed it had enough fortitude to bounce back and play a clean game even as it flirted with the program’s first winless ACC record since 2007. Notable in Thursday’s performance: no turnovers.

Up next

UNC: The Tar Heels step out of conference play to take on The Citadel. They’re 4-0 in that series with the last meeting coming in 2009.

DUKE: The Blue Devils play at Pittsburgh, the first of two straight division road games to close the regular season.

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