GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 59, Georgia State 17

(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

By BOB SUTTON
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sam Howell threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores as No. 24 North Carolina shook off the disappointment a loss in its opener with a 59-17 win over Georgia State.

Howell played a role in four of the Tar Heels' first six touchdowns. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 352 yards without an interception. He was picked off three times in a 17-10 setback at Virginia Tech a week earlier in the team's opener.

Howell's touchdown runs came on a 22-yard scramble for the game's first points, and on the junior's career-long 62-yard run in the final seconds of the third quarter.

Georgia State (0-2) was held to 90 passing yards. Quarterback Cornelious Brown IV was12 for 26 for 68 yards.

North Carolina's lead was 24-10 midway through the third quarter before the Tar Heels (1-1) used a 28-point burst in about 9 1/2 minutes.

Tennessee transfer Ty Chandler scored his first TD for North Carolina on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.

Howell's touchdown throws in the first half came on a 57-yard connection with Antoine Green, and a 30-yard play to Emery Simmons. He threw for 5 yards to Josh Downs in the fourth quarter.

Georgia State's scoring drive in the second quarter lasted 17 plays and 7 1/2 minutes, covering 75 yards capped by Brown's 4-yard run.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter GaStUNC
UNC TD 11:45 Sam Howell 22 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 0 7
UNC TD 7:55 Antoine Green 57 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 0 14
GaSt FG 3:28 Noel Ruiz 37 yard field goal 3 14
Second Quarter GaStUNC
UNC TD 13:49 Emery Simmons 30 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 3 21
GaSt TD 6:19 Cornelious Brown IV 4 yard TD run (Noel Ruiz Extra Point) 10 21
UNC FG 0:56 Grayson Atkins 29 yard field goal 10 24
Third Quarter GaStUNC
UNC TD 5:32 British Brooks 1 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 10 31
UNC TD 2:46 Ty Chandler 2 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 10 38
UNC TD 0:08 Sam Howell 62 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 10 45
Fourth Quarter GaStUNC
UNC TD 11:22 Josh Downs 5 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 10 52
GaSt TD 8:13 Marcus Carroll 2 yard TD run (Noel Ruiz Extra Point) 17 52
UNC TD 4:03 Bryson Nesbit 47 yard TD pass from Jacolby Criswell (Jonathan Kim Extra Point) 17 59
Team Stats
  Georgia State North Carolina
First downs 16 28
  Rushing 11 8
  Passing 4 17
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-17, 29% 5-10, 50%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 45-181 40-201
Passing Yards 90 406
Return Yards 11 68
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-30-1 23-31-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-6 1-5
Punts 7 2
Fumbles Lost 3-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-39 3-35
Georgia State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Brown IV 12 26 68 0 1
D. Grainger 2 4 22 0 0
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Howell 21 29 352 3 0
J. Criswell 2 2 54 1 0
Georgia State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Grainger 5 56 11.2 0
T. Gregg 7 31 4.4 0
C. McCoy 1 29 29.0 0
M. Carroll 6 19 3.2 1
C. Brown IV 9 17 1.9 1
D. Coates 11 10 0.9 0
R. Lewis 1 5 5.0 0
J. Williams 4 5 1.3 0
A. Payne 1 0 0.0 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Howell 11 104 9.5 2
T. Chandler 15 58 3.9 1
C. Hood 4 14 3.5 0
B. Brooks 4 10 2.5 1
E. Green 3 9 3.0 0
J. Henderson 2 5 2.5 0
J. Criswell 1 1 1.0 0
Georgia State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Thrash 2 18 9.0 0
R. Lewis 1 17 17.0 0
J. Credle 3 13 4.3 0
S. Pinckney 1 12 12.0 0
C. McCoy 2 10 5.0 0
T. Dixon 2 9 4.5 0
A. Payne 1 7 7.0 0
D. Coates 1 6 6.0 0
M. Carroll 1 -2 -2.0 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Green 3 117 39.0 1
J. Downs 8 73 9.1 1
E. Simmons 3 73 24.3 1
B. Nesbit 1 47 47.0 1
K. Morales 4 42 10.5 0
G. Walston 1 22 22.0 0
T. Chandler 1 15 15.0 0
L. Stevens 1 10 10.0 0
J. Copenhaver 1 7 7.0 0
Georgia State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
P. Echols 1 17
Georgia State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hayes 6 273 45.5
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Maynard 2 99 49.5
Georgia State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Georgia State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. White 1 11 11.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Chandler 2 51 25.5
Georgia State Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
G. Atkins 34




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