GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 59, Virginia 39

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sam Howell threw five touchdown passes and ran for a career-best 112 yards as No. 21 North Carolina took over after halftime to beat Virginia 59-39.

The Tar Heels (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half drives, which helped turn a 28-24 halftime deficit into a 52-31 lead on Howell's short TD throw to Kamari Morales with 12:13 left. And after a first-half shootout with Brennan Armstrong and the Cavaliers (2-1, 0-1), UNC gave up only a field goal in the third quarter while also coming up with Ja'Qurious Conley's interception.

That was more than enough help for the Tar Heels' offense, which kept ending drives with with end-zone celebrations to speed back out in front after squandering a 24-7 first-half lead.

And there were no shortage of offensive stars.

Tennessee graduate transfer Ty Chandler ran for a career-high 198 yards with two touchdowns, the last coming from 7 yards out with 2:57 left to seal it. And Josh Downs had eight catches for 203 yards and a pair of TDs. Perhaps more impressively, the Tar Heels showed a different dimension by leaning on their ground game instead of putting everything on Howell's arm.

The result? The Tar Heels ran 47 times for 392 yards compared to just 21 pass attempts for their star quarterback, and finished with 699 total yards. It was UNC's biggest scoring output against Virginia since 1936 in the long-running series and second-most ever.

Armstrong had a huge day of his own for the Cavaliers, throwing for a program-record 554 yards - the most ever by any UNC opponent - with four touchdowns. That included a career-best performance for Dontayvion Wicks (seven catches for 183 yards and a score) as the Cavaliers finished with 574 total yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UVaUNC
UNC TD 10:45 Josh Downs 59 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 0 7
UNC TD 7:00 Josh Downs 37 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 0 14
UVa TD 2:27 Wayne Taulapapa 1 yard TD run (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 7 14
UNC TD 2:16 Khafre Brown 75 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 7 21
Second Quarter UVaUNC
UNC FG 10:47 Grayson Atkins 36 yard field goal 7 24
UVa TD 9:13 Dontayvion Wicks 40 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 14 24
UVa TD 2:54 Jelani Woods 1 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 21 24
UVa TD 0:06 Billy Kemp IV 21 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 28 24
Third Quarter UVaUNC
UNC TD 12:50 Garrett Walston 5 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 28 31
UNC TD 7:26 Caleb Hood 5 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 28 38
UVa FG 4:57 Justin Duenkel 34 yard field goal 31 38
UNC TD 1:40 Ty Chandler 5 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 31 45
Fourth Quarter UVaUNC
UNC TD 12:13 Kamari Morales 3 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 31 52
UVa TD 7:11 Billy Kemp IV 9 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Jelani Woods 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 39 52
UNC TD 2:57 Ty Chandler 7 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 39 59
Team Stats
  Virginia North Carolina
First downs 26 31
  Rushing 1 18
  Passing 24 9
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 7-9, 78%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 22-24 47-392
Passing Yards 553 307
Return Yards 66 61
Completions-Attempts-Int 40-57-1 14-21-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-17 1-3
Punts 3 0
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-102 7-59
Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Armstrong 39 54 554 4 1
D. Wicks 0 1 0 0 0
K. Thompson 1 2 -1 0 0
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Howell 14 21 307 5 1
Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Rodriguez 3 14 4.7 0
M. Hollins 4 13 3.3 0
K. Thompson 3 11 3.7 0
D. Darrington 2 4 2.0 0
W. Taulapapa 2 -2 -1.0 1
B. Armstrong 8 -16 -2.0 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Chandler 20 198 9.9 2
S. Howell 15 112 7.5 0
C. Hood 9 66 7.3 1
J. Henderson 3 16 5.3 0
Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Wicks 7 183 26.1 1
B. Kemp IV 8 106 13.3 2
R. Henry 4 66 16.5 0
K. Thompson 4 63 15.8 0
J. Woods 6 47 7.8 1
M. Hollins 4 34 8.5 0
J. Rodriguez 3 23 7.7 0
R. Walker Jr. 1 9 9.0 0
M. Fields 1 8 8.0 0
G. Misch 1 8 8.0 0
I. Armstead 1 6 6.0 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Downs 8 203 25.4 2
K. Brown 1 75 75.0 1
G. Walston 3 15 5.0 1
A. Green 1 11 11.0 0
K. Morales 1 3 3.0 1
Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Cypress II 1 66
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Conley 1 0
Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Finn 3 110 36.7
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Downs 1 38 38.0
Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Green 1 0 0
C. Hood 1 23 23.0
Virginia Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
G. Atkins 54




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