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October 15, 2012

UNC-Duke Capsule

Game Day
Line: North Carolina by 10
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Durham, N.C. - Wallace Wade Stadium (33,914)
TV: ESPNU (Watch Online)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 113, XM 191)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Rick Steinbacher (color analyst) & Lee Pace (sideline)
Weather: Durham Forecast

Duke At A Glance
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Nickname: Blue Devils
Colors: Duke Blue & White
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium (33,914)
Surface: Natural Grass
2011 Record: 3-9 (1-7)
2012 Record: 5-2 (2-1)
More on the Blue Devils: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Media Guide

LAST GAME
DUKE: The Hokies spotted the visiting Blue Devils a 20-0 lead in the first quarter before storming back with 41 unanswered points. The comeback marked the largest by the Hokies under Tech head coach Frank Beamer, and with it, Tech snapped a two-game losing streak. Duke - which lost to the Hokies for the 12th straight time, including nine straight since Tech joined the ACC - fell to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in league play.

NORTH CAROLINA: Tar Heel RB Giovani Bernard, playing just a few miles from his hometown of Davie, Fla., put on an impressive show by rushing for 177 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tar Heels (5-2, 2-1) to their first road win of the season. Bernard had first-half scoring runs of 10 and 17 yards and gained 105 of his 177 yards after halftime for UNC, which has won four straight and two in a row against ACC Coastal Division opponents. UNC ran a season-high 84 plays from scrimmage and amassed 486 yards of total offense, coming just shy of gaining 500 yards for the third week in a row. The outcome left the Coastal Division standings logjammed, as UNC, Miami, Duke and Virginia Tech each currently have one loss in ACC play.

Duke-North Carolina Series
North Carolina and Duke will renew their rivalry for the 99th time on Saturday. Carolina has had a player rush for 100 yards or more on 37 occasions vs. Duke, including seven of the last eight meetings. Last year, Giovani Bernard had a then career-high 165 yards and a touchdown in a 37-21 victory in Chapel Hill. In 2010 Anthony Elzy rushed for 116 yards in a victory in Durham. In 2009, Ryan Houston ran for 164 yards on 37 carries. In 2008, Shaun Draughn rushed for 110 yards. In 2007, Greg Little rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. The last time a Carolina player did not rush for 100 yards came in 2006.

Top 25 Rankings
DUKE: AP: NR USA Today: NR
NORTH CAROLINA: AP: NR USA Today: NR

Coaches
DUKE: David Cutcliffe (20-35 at Duke; 64-64 Overall)
NORTH CAROLINA: Larry Fedora (5-2 at UNC; 39-21 Overall)

Duke-North Carolina Notes
DUKE: When S Jordon Byas returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Duke's ACC game at Virginia Tech last Saturday, it marked the Blue Devils' fourth non-offensive touchdown of the season. It was the second interception returned for a touchdown by Duke in 2012

DUKE: DE Kenny Anunike recorded a half sack against the Hokies to extend his streak of at least a half sack in his seventh straight game to open the 2012 season.

DUKE: QB Sean Renfree has now thrown for 200 or more yards in 24 career games to equal the second-highest total in Duke history held by Thaddeus Lewis. His 742 career completions are the 8th-highest total in ACC history.

DUKE: WR Conner Vernon has increased his ACC career record total to 243 receptions. Vernon is now just 111 yards shy of the Duke career mark of 3,318 yards set by Clarkston Hines and just 217 yards short of the ACC career mark of 3,517 held by Florida State's Peter Warrick. Vernon's 42 straight games with at least one catch is the longest active streak in the nation and is three games shy of the ACC record of 45 held by North Carolina's Corey Holliday.

UNC: Last Saturday's 18-14 win at Miami marked the first road win at UNC for first-year head coach Larry Fedora.

UNC: With 177 yards vs. the Hurricanes, RB Giovani Bernard posted his second consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing. He now has nine 100-yard rushing performances in 18 career games. Bernard moved into 13th place in career rushing yards at UNC with 1,905, passing James Betterson (1,903), Ike Oglesby (1,773) and Jacque Lewis (1,746).

UNC: WR Erik Highsmith tied his career high with eight receptions for 57 yards vs. the Hurricanes.

UNC: OG Jonathan Cooper started his 42nd career game Saturday, most among active offensive linemen in the ACC.

UNC: QB Bryn Renner completed 25 of 40 attempts for 214 yards and one interception at Miami. This is the first game this season and just the second game in two seasons as a starter that Renner has not thrown a touchdown pass (2011 NC State). Renner moved into third place in UNC history with 386 completions, passing Jason Stanicek (372).

UNC: Carolina has made 154 consecutive extra points, including a school-record 116 in a row by senior PK Casey Barth.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Duke and UNC Athletic Communications




 

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