Durant threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter that put the Orange away while Orner kicked three long field goals from 51, 52, and a school-record 55 yards as North Carolina evened it's record at 1-1 for the season.
The first score of the game came from sloppy play. R.J. Anderson had his pass tipped, and then intercepted by safety DeFonte Coleman, who ran down to the Syracuse 36 before he was stopped.
Durant fumbled setting up Orner's first field goal from 52 yards that gave UNC an early 3-0 lead.
The Tar Heels would strike again behind Willie Parker's 50-yard play before Syracuse fought back with a pair of scores. Within two minutes, Syracuse was up 14-10 with 8 minutes left in the second quarter thanks to Johnnie Morant 14 yard run.
Orner followed with the second of his long field goals to put UNC behind by one heading into halftime. However, one disturbing trend happened on this series that would haunt the Orange defense for the rest of the game. Durant was able to move freely around the pocket and hit his receivers. Had it not been for time, UNC would have had a very good shot to put 7 on the board instead of 3.
The back-and-fourth battle continued as Orner kicked his 55-yarder through the uprights giving the Heels a 2 point margin.
But Syracuse wasn't done.
In six plays, Syracuse found the endzone again, the end result being Anderson hitting Johnnie Morant for 37 yards to move the ball to the UNC 13. Anderson would later take it in himself for six.
Electing to go for two, the Orange pulled a play out of the trick book as Damien Rhodes flipped the ball to David Tyree to give Syracuse a 22-16 advantage.
Then Durant turned it on.
A far cry from last week when the Tar Heels turned the ball over 9 times (with Durant responsible for 6 of the turnovers, Durant shrugged of a shaky start with some clutch passes in the final period.
With the score in favor of the Orange 22-16, UNC decided to go with the option and Durant burned it up the middle putting the ball just over Syracuse territory. He then completed two passes to Jarwarski Pollock as the Tar Heels took a 23-22 lead.
Syracuse had no answer the following series and it was again Durant leading a long drive that chewed up over 7 minutes of game time and resulted in a Bobby Blizzard touchdown to give the Tar Heels the final score of the game.
This And That: While it was another tough loss, Rhodes proved impressive again this week converting 13 carries into 63 yards (4.8 yards a carry). The same can't be said for Anderson who had a poor 4-11 outing with one pick.
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