Sunday, November 30, 2008

THE VICTORY BELL STAYS IN CHAPEL HILL WHERE IT BELONGS (DAMN IT!)

Coach Butch Davis caught some heat for messing with the Tar Heels when he switched quarterbacks before last week’s ugly loss to N.C. State. Undaunted, Davis stuck with T.J. Yates and Yates delivered an impressive performance in a 28-20 win over rival Duke.

Yates threw three touchdown passes, and Shaun Draughnrushed for 110 yards and a touchdown and caught another score from Yates to help North Carolina (8-4) snap a two-game losing streak and beat the Blue Devils (4-8) for the 18th time in 19 years.

Thaddeus Lewis led Duke into the red zone in the final minute before his fourth-down pass went straight to Tar Heel Trimane Goddard at the 4. As we say at TAH, game over.

Yates completed 15 of his first 16 passes and finished 15-of-19 for 190 yards with scoring passes covering to Draughn, Hakeem Nicks and Richard Quinn. He won as a starter for the first time since Sept. 11 at Rutgers after missing five games with a broken left ankle suffered a week later against Virginia Tech.

(Marcus Jones #6 of the Duke Blue Devils gets into a scuffle with Trimane Goddard #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Wallace Wade Stadium and Chase Rice #44 watches as Cooter Arnold #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels rings the Victory Bell after defeating the Blue Devils 28-20. Photos by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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