DURHAM, N.C. — Sean Renfree’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on fourth down with 13 seconds left lifted Duke past North Carolina and made the Blue Devils bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.
Renfree finished 23 of 36 for 276 yards for Duke (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and converted three third-and-longs during the game-winning, 87-yard drive. That came after the Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2) erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and took the lead when Duke fumbled after forcing a turnover and Gio Bernard ran it in for a touchdown.
Renfree led the Blue Devils into the red zone in the final minute, and after Jela Duncan’s 2-yard run on third-and-4, Duke called its final timeout with 19 seconds left.
Renfree then rolled and found a leaping Crowder over the middle for the go-ahead score.
The win was Duke’s first against North Carolina since 2003.
NO. 12 FLORIDA STATE 33, MIAMI 20
In Miami, Devonta Freeman rushed for two touchdowns as Florida State (6-1, 4-1 ACC) defeated Miami.
Stephen Morris, playing on a sprained right ankle threw for 223 yards and a score for Miami (4-4, 3-2).
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 20, MARYLAND 18
In College Park, Md., Mike Glennon directed a frantic drive to set up a 43-yard field goal by Niklas Sade with 32 seconds left, and North Carolina State (5-2, 2-1 ACC) overcame a valiant performance by Maryland (4-3, 2-1) backup quarterback Devin Burns.
After Sade’s kick, the Terrapins moved 60 yards in five plays behind third-string quarterback Caleb Rowe before a 33-yard field goal try by Brad Craddock hit the left upright with two seconds remaining.
WAKE FOREST 16, VIRGINIA 10
In Charlottesville, Va., Chad Hedlund kicked three field goals and Wake Forest (4-3, 2-3 ACC) returned from an open week with a much-improved defense and defeated struggling Virginia (2-6, 0-4).