The Duke football team showed its true colors against North Carolina.
Duke football is back to being an embarrassment of a program after the type of effort and intensity it showed on Saturday against North Carolina.
Yes, North Carolina is good this season, and Duke is bad, but the Blue Devils didn’t belong on the same field as the Tar Heels in Durham on Saturday afternoon.
In a game where records should be thrown out the window because it’s a rivalry matchup, especially for Duke in the midst of a lost season, the Blue Devils should be playing with passion and fire to try and come away with a win.
Saturday was Duke’s Super Bowl, their College Football Playoff, their National Championship, and what could David Cutcliffe muster out of his team?
A 42-7 deficit in the second quarter, which turned into a 56-24 defeat, and it wasn’t even that close.
Sam Howell and the North Carolina offense got whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.
Chase Brice and the Blue Devils looked like a high school junior varsity offense, and that might be generous.
If you watched this game past halftime, you should get an award.
There was no drama with the outcome, spread, or total following the first half. It was just a boring, miserable football game, and Duke showed it wanted no part of a Tar Heel team that had been struggling in recent weeks.
The only positives you can take away from this game if you are Duke is that backup quarterback Gunnar Holmberg looked decent, completing 7-of-9 passes for 71 yards in relief of Brice, and Mataeo Durant had another excellent game with 132 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
UNC’s Javonte Williams had four touchdowns, all in the first half, three rushing and one receiving.
Duke had three touchdowns all game.
However, there is another positive for Duke fans: Basketball season is only two and a half weeks away!