The Duke Blue Devils football team made three comebacks on Saturday, but none were enough to defeat their rival North Carolina Tarheels. The Blue Devils lost 37-21 in their final game of the season, as the Tarheels keep the Victory Bell for the eighth straight year.
In the first quarter, Duke quarterback Sean Renfree threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Thompson to tie the game at 7-7. With just 1:22 to go in the first half and down 20-7, Renfree struck again. He threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder with heavy pressure to cut the deficit to 20-14. On the play, UNC picked up a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty which was assessed on the kickoff. It was the game’s third 15-yard penalty of the half (two on Duke).
After being sack early in the third quarter and fumbling (which led to a UNC field goal and a 23-14 deficit), Renfree’s day was done and in came Anthony Boone. On the Blue Devils next drive, Boone threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Varner to cut the UNC lead to 23-21. Boone also caught a 21-yard pass from Crowder on that drive.
Unfortunately, that was all the scoring Duke mustered. It took UNC just a little over a minute to score another touchdown, as Tarheels quarterback Bryn Renner threw two passes for 20 yard gains to go along with an 18-yard TD pass to Dwight Jones.