Jones has proven himself to be an NFL-ready quarterback time and time again this season with his elite passing skills. "What makes it worse is we're just a few plays away". After an 11-3 season and a trip to the ACC Championship game in 2015, UNC's win total has declined. He said he wasn't anxious about their morale.
Ranked in the top-10 in the preseason, UNC was expected to be dominant in the early going and, despite struggling with a good Wofford team, appear to have found their stride. They beat Wofford 78-67 on Tuesday night in Spartanburg, South Carolina, before having a much easier time against the Phoenix, who christened their new $40 million on-campus arena. Defensive end Malik Carney scored North Carolina's first defensive touchdown of the season on a fumble recovery.
But it was Duke quarterback, Daniel Jones, who had the star performance. Jones broke a single-game record for total offense set by Anthony Dilweg (476 yards) in 1988 against Wake Forest.More news: Black Ops 4 Zombies Leak From Sacked Treyarch Employee Includes Secrets
UNC got Jones in third and long situations, but he continued to convert them. Duke finished the game 13-for-20 on third downs. It's an uphill battle right now for the Tar Heels, who have lost five in a row and allowed more than 30 points in four of the defeats - including last week's 38-28 setback against Georgia Tech.
Fedora said he's confident because he sees the work his players put in each day.
That has the Blue Devils keeping the Victory Bell after another rivalry win against North Carolina.More news: Nintendo Wins $12 Million From Trademark And Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
The Tar Heels started the game hot on offense and slow on defense. UNC sophomore Michael Carter led the way with 148 yards. "Adversity struck. We got down, but we battled back". He was 22-41 for 221 yards and one touchdown. But his throw was batted down at the goal line by a Duke defender. But despite the program's recent misfortunes, Fedora and his players remain determined to win out. Fortin injured his knee in UNC's October 13 game against Virginia Tech and had not played since. He wore a knee brace on Saturday.
"I know I'm not the fastest guy on the field", Jones said of his runs.
It's unclear whether Fortin will be healthy enough to play going forward. UNC will play Western Carolina (3-6) next week.More news: Djokovic beats Zverev, eyes ATP Finals semis