Kelvin Bryant rushed 36 times for 247 yards and two touchdowns yesterday to lead No. 12-ranked North Carolina to a 31-10 Atlantic Coast Conference victory at Duke as the Tar Heels landed a Gator Bowl bid.
Bryant got his second straight 1,000-yard-plus season, increasing his total to 1,015 yards. He has 18 touchdowns despite having missed four games at midseason after knee surgery. He also eclipsed the 211 yards he gained against East Carolina in the season opener.
"He looked better this week than he did the last. A month from now he'll be almost 100 percent," Coach Dick Crum said.
North Carolina (9-2, 5-1 in the ACC) will meet Arkansas of the Southwest Conference in the Gator Bowl Dec. 28.
Carolina's offense, sluggish the first 30 minutes, could not take advantage of a fumbled punt early in the third quarter. But with 9:15 left in that period, Bryant scored on a nine-yard run to make the score 17-3. Quarterback Rod Elkins passed 15 yards to Jon Richardson late in the period and it was 24-3.
The Blue Devils (6-5, 3-2) got a touchdown on quarterback Ron Sally's 10-yard pass to Cedric Jones late in the game.