CHAPEL HILL– The Tar Heels had their five-game winning streak snapped by No. 24 Duke 27-25 in front of a packed Kenan Stadium Saturday.
The Tar Heels had their chances, but ultimately Marquise Williams’ intercepted pass with 13 seconds left in the game sealed Carolina’s fate.
Williams says he had full confidence in Carolina’s ability to drive for the winning score at the end of the game, but things just didn’t quite work out when he was hit as he threw.
“We were just trying to find a way to win. I guess it didn’t come out that way. We were just trying to move the ball down the field hoping to get a field goal or a touchdown. We were just trying to find a way to win,” Williams says.
With the loss Carolina fell to 6-6 on the season and will wait until next weekend to find out where they will be playing in a bowl game.
With the win, Duke improved to 10-2 on the season and won the Coastal Division. The Blue Devils will face No. 2 Florida State next Saturday in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.
Senior defensive end Kareem Martin says it was frustrating to see the team commit some dumb mistakes that led to crippling penalties.
“It’s tough, especially coming from what we’ve come to be as a team and the strides we’ve made throughout the season. To see us make simple mistakes is kind of tough,” Martin says.
Senior safety Tre Boston dropped a possible interception late in the game. It hit him right in the hands, but Boston says the reality of it being his last home game ever in a Carolina uniform has yet to sink in.
“I touched the field for the last time. I don’t think it’s sunk in as much as it should have. I think it’s going to take a little time to realize that was my last time out there, but I cherished it and played my heart out,” Boston says.