Duke people must be
smarter than we are.
They use a human
mascot, whose kidnapping would be a
scores — 19 of the 52 games before 1970
were shutouts, including the Heels’ monumental 50-0 in 1959 at Durham and
Duke’s 41-0 Spurrier moment in Kenan in
1989. But often these were epic battles.
Like 1940. Harry Dunkle’s punting had
kept heavily favored Duke pinned down
and leading just 3-0, and when Dunkle ’ 42
was carried off the field hurt, Kenan
resounded with the cheer, “Touchdown for
Dunkle.” Quarterback Jim “Sweet” Lalanne
’ 41, a flashy passer with dashing movie-idol
looks, led Carolina on a late 83-yard drive
capped with the six points the home fans
demanded. Knocked the Devils out of a
The incomparable “Choo Choo” Justice
’ 50 had had his way with Duke for three
years, and in his last try in 1949 he put
three touchdowns on the board, then
shared heroics with Art Weiner ’ 50, who
game soon. This is crying out for a parade, a
bonfire, a head cheerleader exhorting the
faithful as in days of old, “Men, let’s lock
arms, stretch our vocal chords to the limit
and give ’em ‘Hail to Carolina.’And not
tear up any personal property.”
Maybe just the parade and the bonfire.
Trinity won four of the first five
Carolina won the
next five (including
a hiatus of 26 years
between 1895 and
1920 — Trinity did
not play football for
20 of those years).
Carolina won the
first three, followed
by two consecutive
scoreless ties, then
Duke won 10 of
the next 14 from
Carolina won four
in a row in the
years, then Duke
won seven in a row
in the 1950s.
eight to Duke’s six
from the late ’50s
through the ’60s.
Carolina has dominated, 31-7-1, winning 18 of the last
In 1977, Rameses
took yet another
in Durham, and his
hosts sent a message that read,
“Please be assured
that your prized animal is in compassionate hands and
that he will be treated with the utmost
respect and care.”
Carolina settled for a
16-3 win. And we
know they have the
real Devil over there.
blocked a 26-yard field goal attempt in the
last second to save it, 21-20.
Just as the events of the late ’60s were
dampening the rah-rah in college students
and the on-field rivalry was beginning to
fade, there came the infamous shoestring
trick that lifted Duke in 1969, and Don
McCauley’s 279-yard eruption the next
year to give the Heels’ a 59-34 win.
So why, you ask, do we bring all this up
now, a full 40 years into the “What
Rivalry?” era of Duke-Carolina?
Alas, poor Duke, recipient of six of Carolina’s 10 all-time best single-game rushing
performances, has been scheduled for
homecoming. You know. The sure-fire feel-good victory. The final insult.
Well, the last four meetings have been
close. Really — 3, 1, 6 and 8 points. Duke’s
new coach insists they’ll be going to a bowl
Raids were something to behold
We can’t tell if she was heartbroken or
bored. Mrs. R.C. Hogan told the newspaper, “Yes, I’m afraid he is gone.”
He was Rameses, and it was Mr.
Hogan’s avocation to keep him in Orange
County. Duke was playing Wake Forest in
1965, a whole week before the Carolina
game, when the students started chanting,
“We’ve got the ram.”
Later the cops acknowledged that they
had covered up the theft for the better part
of the week to avoid trouble between the
two schools. Two Dukies returned the
woolly one — originally inspired by Jack
“The Battering Ram” Merritt ’ 25 and an
85-year tradition as of this year — sometime in the third quarter.
But trouble across the eight or so miles
between the schools often was quite real.
Duke was enjoying a run of 10 wins in
14 years, and on the Wednesday before the
game, what we must assume were Duke
students came over and set fire to all of the
wood being kept for the big Friday bonfire.
About 1,500 Carolina students ran out
into the night and got their blood up, and
some 10 carloads went to Durham where
ensued what The DTH called a “riot
scene.” Buckets and liquor bottles filled
with Carolina blue paint were thrown on
the James B. Duke statue, on various marble columns and on the stadium walls.
Duke students set up barricades on the
road. The stopped cars were pelted with
rocks. There was a car chase. At least one
Carolina student was forced off the road,
caught and made to help clean up some of
the damage. South Building apologized to
An embarrassed UNC student wrote to
the editor: “With rumors of wars spreading
insidiously over the earth, it should give us
‘peace-loving’Americans pause that from
little prankish intercollegiate bonfires (and
the spirit they produce) mighty international conflagrations may easily grow.”
Indeed, there was a conflagration of
The series record was 28-25-3
in Duke’s favor
not counting the
(see page 31).
Through 2008 it
was 55-35-4, Heels.
We wondered what they did
“over there” during
the heyday of the
rivalry. Apparently a
parade in which participants wore pajamas. Do you want to
know more about a
pajama parade? We
didn’t think so.