CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Shaun Wilson's one-yard touchdown run with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter lifted Duke to a 27-17 win over North Carolina on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.
The Blue Devils improved to 4-0 thanks to an interception return for a score by Bryon Fields Jr. late in the final period.
North Carolina struck first, cashing in on a 47-yard pass from Chazz Surratt to Austin Proehl with a 34-yard field goal from Freeman Jones to go up 3-0 with 1:50 left in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils made it a 10-3 lead with Austin Parker booting a 27-yard field goal with 8:33 left in the half. The Tar Heels pulled even at the half with a late burst as Parker had a 24-yard field goal blocked with 22 seconds left in the half and North Carolina went 80 yards in 13 seconds to knot the game at 10-10 with Surratt hitting Anthony Ratliff-Williams for a 45-yard strike.
After Duke claimed a 13-10 lead on Parker's 24-yard field goal, Surratt ran 56 yards for the lone touchdown of the third period for a 17-13 advantage.
A quick three-and-out for Duke’s offense to begin the fourth quarter gave way to back-and-forth play for both teams, resulting in little offensive momentum until the 9:15 mark. A 45-yard pass from Jones to T.J. Rahming placed the Blue Devils just outside the red zone.
Having converted on fourth down minutes later to extend the drive, Wilson then finished off the drive with a rush up the middle from one yard out to put Duke up 20-17.
With the Tar Heels threatening on Duke’s half of the field, an errant throw from Surratt ended up in the hands of Bryon Fields who proceeded to return it 61 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 27-17.
Unable to recover, the Tar Heels would later turn the ball over on downs with 24 seconds left to play, sealing the Blue Devil victory.
The Blue Devils return home Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Miami. Tickets and mini plans are available online at www.GoDuke.com/FootballTix or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-2583.