ANNAPOLIS – Freshman quarterback Sam Howell threw for over 290 passing yards and scored four total touchdowns to lead North Carolina to a 55-13 victory over Temple in the 2019 Military Bowl game at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Dec. 27.
Howell, who was named the game’s MVP, finished throwing 25 of 34 for 294 yards and three passing touchdowns as the Tar Heels (7-6) scored 31 unanswered points between the second and third quarters. The freshman scored first with a two-play drive that was capped off with a 39-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Dyami Brown midway through the first quarter.
Following two field goals by each team, the Tar Heels began its scoring run after Howell connected with Hampton, Virginia native Dazz Newsome for a 16-yard touchdown reception. North Carolina added an extra field goal to take a 20-6 lead into halftime. They started the third quarter with a 10-play, 83-yard drive in less than four minutes with running back Antonio Williams scoring his first of two touchdowns of the game.
Defensive back Storm Duck continued building North Carolina’s advantage as he returned an interception 20 yards for six more points. The third quarter ended with Howell catching a 2-yard catch from wide receiver Rontavius Groves in a razzle-dazzle play to go up 41-6. Temple (8-5) temporarily stopped the offensive assault with a 45-yard touchdown catch by Re’Mahn Davis.
However, North Carolina did not stop as Howell added his fourth touchdown by finding Newsome for a 29-yard reception to start the final quarter. The Tar Heels finished with 33 first downs and 534 yards of total offense.
Two Maryland natives dressed for North Carolina in their win: junior defensive backs Greg Ross (Potomac High School) and Myles Wolfolk (Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School).
Meanwhile, Temple has 12 players listed from Maryland, including four players who attended Montgomery County Public Schools. Redshirt sophomore Ty Mason (James Hubert Blake High School) recorded three tackles while defensive end Arnold Ebiketie (Albert Einstein) added a tackle in the losing effort.