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For the final time in 2009: Here are your Saturday game day links from Blacksburg.

For 21 seniors, Virginia Tech's meeting with North Carolina State will be their last time playing at Lane Stadium.

But there is some apathy in Blacksburg about a disappointing season. Joe Crandley of the Collegiate Times, the student newspaper, points out Virginia Tech's new Saturday pastime: throwing paper airplanes onto the field. "This newfound student apathy was most apparent during the Thursday night North Carolina game. Sure, that may not have been the most intense game ever played in Lane, but the interest in watching paper airplanes fly onto the field far exceeded interest in the actual game," Crandley writes.

As N.C. State prepared to come here, the folks in Raleigh were talking about the dimensions that have been added to Beamer Ball this season. And by that, people were talking about the Hokies' offense, which has made strides this season. Speaking of offense: Running back Ryan Williams on the cusp of breaking the ACC rushing record, needing 31 yards to eclipse Darren Evans's mark of 1,265 yards, which he set last season.

There will be pockets of fans elsewhere in North Carolina with interest in the meeting between the Wolfpack and Hokies. Specifically, those people will be from Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels (7-3, 3-3 ACC) would boost their position on the ACC's bowl ladder with wins in their final two games, starting with Saturday's road trip to Boston College. An upset win by the Wolfpack at Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2) today would knock down one of North Carolina's contenders for a spot in a more lucrative bowl.

Enjoy the game.

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 9:42 AM ET
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That's ACC rushing record for freshman I believe.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | November 21, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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