Sun Devils Drop 38-35 Decision To North Carolina
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Darian Durant passed for career highs of 417 yards and five touchdowns - including a record-setting four to Chesley Borders - as North Carolina beat Arizona State 38-35 Saturday night.
Durant also kept two come-from-behind drives alive in the fourth quarter with his running as the Tar Heels (2-3) snapped Arizona State's four-game winning string despite allowing a school-record 657 yards.
He scrambled for 15 yards and a first down on third-and-10 midway through the final quarter, then threw a 65-yard TD pass to Jarwarski Pollock with 7:11 to play.
Arizona State (4-2) drove 90 yards on its next possession, scoring on Hakim Hill's second TD of the quarter, to take a 35-31 lead. But Carolina came back with Durant sneaking for a first down, followed by a 74-yard pass to Borders.
Borders, who made a one-handed grab at the 25-yard line and shook off cornerback Mike Davis Jr. for a dash to the end zone, scored with 2:39 to play. Earlier, he had TD catches of 11, 31 and 28 yards.
Durant's five TD passes tied the school record set by Kevin Anthony against Wake Forest in 1985.
Borders broke the school mark of three TD receptions, held by seven players and matched most recently by L.C. Stevens against Maryland in 1996.
Andrew Walter was 27-of-45 for 474 yards - fourth-best in Sun Devils history - and set up five rushing touchdowns. But Walter, the nation's top-rated passer coming in, also threw his second and third interceptions of the season.
Kevin Knight outwrestled Arizona State's Skyler Fulton for the last one, securing the win with 25 seconds to play.
The game came down to kicking.
A 47-yard field goal by Dan Orner in the third quarter proved to be the difference for the TarHeels, while the Sun Devils' Mike Barth was 0-for-4 - with three of the misses coming inside 36 yards.
Mike Williams had touchdown runs of 2 and 19 yards, and Cornell Canidate scored from 11 yards out for the Sun Devils.
It was the first regular-season meeting between the schools. The only other time they played was the 1970 Peach Bowl, won by Arizona State 48-26.
Durant capped scoring drives of 82 and 90 yards - North Carolina's two longest this year - with passes to Borders to force a 14-14 tie that stood at halftime. when Barth missed his third kick with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Sun Devils got first downs on North Carolina's 18 and 22 in the first quarter but couldn't score because of Barth's inaccuracy.
Late in the quarter, Durant's 54-yard pass to Bobby Blizzard set up an 11-yard scoring toss to Borders with 4:01 to go for a 7-0 lead. But the Tar Heels stalled on their next possession, and safety Riccardo Stewart intercepted a pass and returned it 15 yards to the UNC 25.
Walter passed 23 yards to Shaun McDonald before Williams scored from the 2 five seconds into the second quarter. Then, after the Tar Heels went three-and-out, another 23-yard grab by McDonald set up Canidate's TD run, giving Arizona State a 14-7 lead with 12:02 to go.
Durant shook off a sack to throw passes of 11 yards to Borders and 13 yards to Sam Aiken to get in range for Borders' 31-yard scoring grab with 1:21 left.
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
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