CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Sam Howell threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as North Carolina held off Miami 45-42, sending the Hurricanes to their worst record at the midway mark of a season in more than two decades.
North Carolina and Miami started the season as the favorites in their Atlantic Coast Conference division. That hype is long gone as they meet Saturday as two unranked teams with a combined 5-6 record.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Travis threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores as Florida State upset North Carolina for the second year in row, winning 35-25 on Saturday.
The Seminoles (2-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won back-to-back games for the first time since 2019.
ATLANTA (AP) —
Kenny Pickett's decision to return for his redshirt senior season is working out well for Pittsburgh, the nation's top-scoring team.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi believes the decision also will pay off for Pickett in the next NFL draft.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Sam Howell threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns and North Carolina topped Duke 38-7 on Saturday, keeping hold of the coveted Victory Bell for a third straight year.
“Really, really proud of our guys,” UNC coach Mack Brown said.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Sims was really upset for a few days. Then he pulled himself together and waited for another chance.
When it came Saturday night, he sure took advantage of it.
Sims came off the bench to run for three touchdowns and pass for another, Georgia Tech's defense stifled Sam Howell much of the game and the Yellow Jackets beat a ranked team for the first time in Geoff Collins' three seasons as coach with a 45-22 upset of No.
No. 21 North Carolina (2-1, 1-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network).
Line: North Carolina by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
—TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State, broke Archie Griffin’s 49-year-old freshman rushing record, running for 277 yards and three as the No. 9 Buckeyes pulled away late to beat Tulsa 41-20
—Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington, set a FCS record for passing yards in a half with 487, finishing with 542 yards overall and six TDs in a 62-56 win over Western Illinois.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Up and down the field they went, Sam Howell and North Carolina's offense ending drive after drive in the end zone whether through the air on the ground.
The 21st-ranked Tar Heels have found some of the offensive rhythm missing in a season-opening loss.
Virginia (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (1-1, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network)
Line: UNC by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
A shaky opening-night performance dealt a quick blow to North Carolina’s goal of winning its Atlantic Coast Conference division championship. The 21st-ranked Tar Heels know they can’t afford another early stumble with yet another loss to Virginia.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Sam Howell’s reputation has largely been built on what he does throwing the football for No. 24 North Carolina.
His footwork carrying the ball drew most of the attention Saturday night.
Sam Howell and North Carolina didn’t open with the high-powered offense from the past two seasons.
Instead, the quarterback and the 24th-ranked Tar Heels host Georgia State on Saturday night aiming to regroup from a loss and an unexpectedly rough offensive showing.
The Atlantic Coast Conference crown seems up for grabs after the league’s disappointing opening week performance.
Its three preseason ranked teams all lost as the league went 7-7, a dent to a conference eager to show that it's more than just Clemson at the top.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech didn't appear to get much consideration when the experts tabbed No. 10 North Carolina and No. 14 Miami as the teams to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.
North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell will get much of the attention this season from defenses preparing to slow the No. 10 Tar Heels.
He's gotten plenty from Virginia Tech as the teams prepare for their season opener on Friday night, but Howell is far from the only Tar Heel what has the Hokies' attention.
No. 10 North Carolina (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0), Friday at 6 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: North Carolina by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is the preseason pick to be Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year while six-time reigning champion Clemson headlines the all-ACC team with eight picks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel wants to make every possible stop. He also knows it’s not that easy when working out against Heisman Trophy candidate Sam Howell, and he makes sure to pull aside frustrated defensive teammates to tell them so.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's top offenses should be right back in the flow next season. There will just be some new faces at North Carolina and Clemson that will be piling up the yards...