"We had our chances, but we didn't take advantage," said head coach Ted Roof. "We weren't very good on third down on either side of the ball, we made some poor decisions and we just didn't execute."
After Scott's opening run, the Blue Devils used a 51-yard Matt Brooks field goal before Casey Camero blocked a North Carolina field goal attempt and Kenny Stanford returned the loose ball 70 yards for a touchdown, and 10-7 advantage.
The Blue Devils would block a second kick after a Chad Scott five-yard touchdown run, capping the Tar Heel lead at 13-10. Ronnie McGill would score six minutes later to push the lead to 20-10. However Duke would pull within a field goal on a Justin Boyle six yard run.
However it was all North Carolina after halftime, as the Tar Heels would outscore Duke 20-0.
"They just ended up winning the game in the second half," said Roof.
As had been the case throughout the season, the Duke offense just wilted as time wore on. Mike Schneider completed 19-of-34 passes for 181 yards while Cedric Dargan picked up 48 yards on the ground as the Blue Devils totaled just 234 yards.
Meanwhile North Carolina was able to drive up and down the field to the tune of 486 total yards on the afternoon led by Scott and quarterback Darian Durant's efficient passing attack of 14-of-19 completions for 174 yards.
While head coach John Bunting's troops will now prepare for their bowl game, the Blue Devils will head into the off season and say goodbye to a number of seniors, something Ted Roof spoke on.
"I'm so proud of this group. They left this program in better shape than they found it and that's what everybody likes to see. With some of the tough times we've had, they could've shut it down, but they didn't. They always stayed in and kept fighting. But now we have to get back to work. We have to get going with our off-season program and just keep developing."
Duke heads into the off season with that recruiting effort already yielding some early success, and a number of red-shirted players ready to take the field in 2005.