Temple answered with a touchdown, but missed the extra point attempt to make it 10-6.
When North Carolina got the ball back, it fed Javonte Williams to chip away at Temple's defense before a big throw from Howell to Corrales got the Tar Heels in scoring position. A deflected pass to Dazz Newsome resulted in a touchdown after a review that showed the junior receiver dragging his toes in the end zone before falling out of bounds.
On UNC's next drive, Michael Carter rushed up the middle of the field for 22 yards to get the Tar Heels within scoring distance while the clock ran down. That set up a field goal to put UNC up 20-6 at halftime.
North Carolina broke open the game in the third quarter. After a few runs by Javonte Williams and two pass to Dyami Brown, Antonio Williams punched in UNC's third touchdown. On the first play of Temple's drive, Storm Duck caught his second career interception and returned it for North Carolina's first defensive touchdown since 2016.
After a stop on fourth down, the Tar Heel offense took over and a double-reverse pass from Toe Groves to Howell resulted in the team's fourth touchdown of the day.
Temple scored before the end of the quarter to put the deficit to 28, but UNC scored twice more in the fourth quarter to put the final score at 55-13.
Who stood out?
The first-year Howell showed yet again why he’s been the difference maker for the Tar Heel football program this season, earning Military Bowl MVP honors.
By halftime, Howell had thrown for 181 yards and ran for another 53. He’d also thrown for two touchdowns, giving him 37 passing touchdowns on the season, a mark that is the third-most all-time for an ACC quarterback.
Brown and Newsome both hit 1,000 total receiving yards for the season during the game, becoming just the fourth and fifth players to do so in UNC history. It was also the first time the team has had two players hit the mark in one season.
Carter became the team's third player to hit 1,000 rushing yards since Mack Brown left UNC in 1997.
When was it decided?
UNC had a third quarter for the books, scoring three touchdowns and tying a Military Bowl record with 21 points in a single quarter: a rushing touchdown, a receiving TD on a trick play, and a pick-six.
Why does it matter?
The win was North Carolina's first bowl win since 2013, when UNC knocked off Cincinnati 39-17 in the Belk Bowl. It was a statement win – in both Howell's first season with the team and Brown's first year back – showing that UNC football is ready to be taken seriously again.
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