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.