. Friday. November 18, 1977 Wet
Duke looks to upset UNCs ACC title bid
Friday, November 18, 1977 Weekender l 7
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By GENE LPCHLRCH
The tall, lean quarterback walked away from the football field! two minutes after
his teammates trotted to the locker room. His helmeted head hung down and two
short friends patted him on the shoulder pads, consoling him. One of them looked
toward the Kenan Stadium scoreboard. It read: 39-38, Carolina
Duke's Mike Dunn held his head low that afternoon when, despite his best
eltorts, Carolina came from behind to win the most exciting college football game
probably ever played. But it wasn't Dunn's fault the Blue Devils couldn't win the
traditional year-end rivalry.
Dunn, a sophomore then, shocked the capacity-plus Kenan crowd with 239 yards
on offense and four touchdowns. But Carolina countered all Dunn's efforts with a
quick pitch to M ike Voight, who ran in untouched in a two-point conversion for the
This year, the scene of the Duke-Carolina game shifts to Durham. Dunn, who
seems to be able to do almost anything he wants with Duke's option attack, will
meet the strong Carolina defense and speeding-bullet running back Amos
And the fireworks ignited by Mike Dunn and Amos Lawrence could rival those
over Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium every fourth of July.
Dunn is the kind of quarterback who takes matters into his own hands, like the
come-from-behind victory over Georgia Tech three weeks ago.
"If things aren't going good, or there's low-key atmosphere in the huddle or things
just aren't crisp," Dunn said this week from Durham, Til just try to break for a long
run or throw a deep pass, i just try to completely change things around and keep the
Dunn said his offensive line is giving him good protection. It will face Carolina's
tough defense, which has allowed only as much as 1 4 points in a game this season.
"We're trying to watch every bit of film we can to find weaknesses in the defense,"
he said. "We've played some great defenses this season. All we can do is watch all the
film and see how they play."
puke's 37-32 loss to N.C. State last week dropped the Blue Devils to a 5-5 record
this season, and was painfully reminiscent of the Carolina game last year, Dunn
"It matched two high scoring offenses against one another," he said. "We felt we
had the best offense, but it was a good shootout and a good game."
Carolina's game against Duke will again match two potentially explosive
offenses. With Dunn directing the Blue Devils, Duke is capable of doing anything.
A nd now Carolina's offense, struggling throughout most of the season, has emerged
on Lawrence's heels as a force to deal with.
Lawrence broke freshman records right and left against Virginia Saturday,
rolling up 286 yards in 35 carries and boosting his season total to 1,072 yards. His
quick acceleration and slithering, sliding moves make it difficult for opposing
defenses to stop him.
"He's very durable," UNC Coach Bill Dooly said this week. "He's not big in
stature like some others , but when you have his ability to accelerate, the defenses
don't get a good shot at him."
Unexpected should be expected
as Duke-UNC series continues
A 25-0 upset that knocked North Carolina
out of the Rose Bowl and a 50-0 Tar Heel
rout in a game of incredible individual
performances by Don McCauley and Mike
Voight are just a few of the amazing things
which have made the Carolina-Duke
football series one of the most exciting in the
college game. The unexpected will again be
expected Saturday when the two teams clash
at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Fans spend a lot of time debating which
game has been the greatest in the series. It
really depends on whether you're a Carolina
or Duke fan. However, everyone will agree
that last year's 39-38 thriller in Kenan
Stadium ranks as something special.
Quarterback Mike Dunn ran for 130
yards, passed for 109 more and scored four
touchdowns for Duke. Carolina tailback
Mike Voight had 261 yards rushing, four
touchdowns and the deciding two-point
conversion for Carolina.
Duke led 22-21 going into the fourth
quarter, The Tar Heels regained the lead on a
Tom Biddle field goal. Duke took the
ensuing kickoff and marched 5 1 yards for the
go-ahead score, a 14-yard scamper by Dunn.
He also added a two-point conversion for a
30-24 Blue Devil advantage.
The Tar Heels came back with Voight
going the final nine yards and Biddle's point-after-touchdown
making the score 31-30.
Duke swept back downfield immediately
with Dunn going nine yards and Tony
Benjamin getting a two-point conversion for
a 38-31 Duke lead.
Carolina raced back downfield to score
with 37 seconds left on an eight-yard pass
from Matt Kupec to Billy Johnson. On the
deciding two-point conversion, Kupec ran
right on an option and pitched to Voight for
the score. Francis Winters killed Duke's last
comeback hopes with an interception with
13 seconds to play.
Duke pulled one of the greatest upsets in
the series in 1935. Carolina was unbeaten
and headed for the Rose Bowl. Writers and
photographers from across the nation were
in Chapel Hill the week of the Duke game,
taking pictures and writing about the Tar
However, Duke stunned the Tar Heels 25
0, and knocked Carolina out of the Rose
The Tar Heels had a chance to return the
favor in 1938 against the famous I ron Dukes.
The Blue Devils were unbeaten, untied and
unscored on going into the Carolina game
and needed a win to get a Rose Bowl bid.
The scene was perfect for an upset, but it
didn't happen. Duke won, 14-0, and went on
to play Southern California in the Rose
Duke dominated the series in the early
1940s. They even beat the Tar Heels twice in
1943 when a pair of games were scheduled
because of wartime travel restrictions. Duke
won 14-7 in Durham that year and 27-6 in
Then came the Charlie Justice Era at
Carolina and things changed. The Tar Heels
won four in a row with "Choo Choo" by
scores of 22-7, 21-0, 20-0 and 21-20.
That 2 1-20 game ranks as one of the series'
all-time classics. Justice played the game on
a bad leg but was sensational just the same.
Duke drove deep into Carolina territory
late in the game but was apparently beaten
when the clock ran out and fans stormed the
field. However, Blue Devil athletic officials
argued that the scoreboard clock, which was
difficult to read, still had three seconds left
on it. The game officials finally agreed and
ordered the game resumed.
Mike Souchak lined up what would have
been the winning field goal. However, Art
Weiner rushed in to block the kick and
preserved the victory.
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Virginia's Billy Harris is pulled down by Carolina's Rod Broadway (70) as Dave
Simmons (84), Ken Sheets (89) and Bobby Gay (54) close in, during the 35-14 Tar
Heel win. Carolina's defense will have to stop Duke exceptional quarterback Mike
Dunn this week to ensure a win over the Blue Devils. Staff photo by Joseph Thomas.
Duke has a shot at spoiling some very big plans for the Tar Heels. For one, a win
or a tie with the Blue Devils will give the Tar Heels their first ACC championship
since I972. A loss in the last regular season game will drop Carolina to a tie with
Clemson for the title.
By now, the rumor that Carolina is going to the Liberty Bowl Dec. 19 has
permeated to even the farthest reaches of the area. But Dunn said he's not thinking
about trying to blemish Tar Heel hopes.
"Carolina's playing well enough to win," he said. "You can't think about
something like that. I'm just thinking about putting together a good game myself.
And when I do that, I sit back and see the games this season when I didn't play well,
when mistakes hurt us."
Dunn will have an extra monkey on his back Saturday when he faces the Tar
Heels. His coach, Mike McGee, could be fired after this season, particularly if the
team loses to Carolina. This would drop Duke's season record to 5-6, the fourth
losing season during McGee's seven years at Duke.
"I haven't given it much thought," Dunn said. "As far as 1 know, he'll be back. He
says for us not to worry about it. Hopefully, it won't have any effect on the game."
The 1:30 p.m. game Saturday in Durham is a sellout.
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