Howell, Chandler, Downs help No. 21 UNC beat Virginia 59-39

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North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) passes against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Sam Howell threw for five touchdowns while also running for a career-best 112 yards as No. 21 North Carolina beat Virginia 59-39 on Saturday night.

The Tar Heels scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half drives.

That 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. The Tar Heels finished with 699 total yards.

That included Ty Chandler running for a career-high 198 yards and two scores.

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong threw for 554 yards to set a program record. He also threw for four scores.

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