Sam Howell has entered the (Heisman) chat.
You’ll be able to’t have a a lot better sport than Sam Howell did towards Wake Forest on Saturday. UNC’s true sophomore accomplished 32 of 45 passes (71.1 %) for 550 yards and 6 landing passes, breaking the varsity’s single-game document for passing yards and landing passes. He additionally added a speeding landing as he led the Tar Heels to a 59-53 comeback victory.
Sam Howell is the 2nd participant in ACC historical past with 6 go TD and 1 rush TD in a sport, becoming a member of Lamar Jackson in 2016 vs UNC Charlotte. Howell is the one participant to do that in an ACC convention sport. pic.twitter.com/xzHHUd2fLs
— ESPN Stats & Data (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 14, 2020
Howell acquired began early, finishing 12 of 14 for 232 yards and two scores simply within the first quarter. He completed the primary half with 323 yards and three touchdowns, the lone blemish approaching a late interception by Wake Forest’s Ja’Sir Taylor that initially regarded like a 49-yard catch by Dyami Brown earlier than it was wrestled away by Taylor.
Regardless of Howell’s dominance all through your entire sport, North Carolina trailed 35-24 at halftime, 45-24 within the third quarter and 45-31 heading into the fourth. However the UNC protection gave Howell an opportunity by forcing three straight punts; Howell responded with consecutive landing passes to tie the sport. A 20-yard landing scramble on third-and-10 gave the Tar Heels a 52-45 lead with 4:11 remaining.
As nice as Howell was on Saturday and has been all season, he is removed from UNC’s solely star on offense. Dazz Newsome (10 catches, 189 yards and two touchdowns) and Dyami Brown (eight catches, 163 yards, two touchdowns) proved they’re two of essentially the most explosive receivers within the nation. The Tar Heels might need one of the best one-two punch at operating again within the nation as properly in Michael Carter and JaVonte Williams. Carter, the speedster, had 16 rushes for 74 yards and 4 catches for 55 yards, together with a 46-yard landing reception that made it a one-score sport within the fourth quarter, a part of a 35-Zero run for the Heels.
Williams, the large bruiser, carried the ball 13 instances for 101 yards and gave North Carolina the cushion it wanted with a 15-yard landing to increase the result in 59-42 with 2:39 remaining. Williams at the moment leads the nation with 18 whole touchdowns.
There is not any doubt Howell has a humiliation of riches at his disposal, and he has made essentially the most of it. After Saturday’s sensational efficiency, he is as much as 2,631 passing yards (328.9 yards per sport) and 23 touchdowns, momentarily main the nation in each classes. He is clearly already established himself as one of the best passer at school historical past: He set the varsity document for passing touchdowns in a season, 38, as a real freshman final yr. He is already nearing the varsity’s all-time mark of 68 (Darian Durant, 2001-2004).
Admittedly, North Carolina’s two losses (31-28 at Florida State, 44-41 at Virginia) damage Howell’s legitimacy as a Heisman candidate. However Howell performed properly in each of these video games; he went 20-of-36 for 374 yards and three TDs towards FSU, although he did throw a pick-six within the first half, and he accomplished 23 of 28 for 443 yards and 4 TDs towards UVA.
Howell could have a few large possibilities so as to add to his resume down the stretch. UNC has subsequent week off earlier than internet hosting No. 2 Notre Dame (7-0) on Friday, Nov. 27. The Tar Heels will then journey to No. 9 Miami on Dec. 5. If Howell can lead North Carolina to 2 top-10 wins, and pad his stats just a little extra within the remaining sport towards Western Carolina, his case for the Heisman might develop into very compelling.