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Thursday is here. And if you're in Blacksburg or any other college town, that means the weekend has also arrived. Hooray for that.

The ACC officials working North Carolina State's 43-23 loss to Clemson last Saturday admitted to making a error in the game. The play at issue happened in the third quarter, when there was a fumble that would have given the ball to the Wolfpack with Clemson leading 24-14. It was ruled dead before the ball was stripped away, and an official review erroneously upheld the call.

(Don't you just love all the drama this season about poor officiating? Yeah. It's been ugly. At least it's been a diversion from a yawner of a season.)

The Wolfpark is not bowl eligible. But Coach Tom O'Brien has tried to get the team to rally around a no-quit theme. Few better articulate that than N.C. State's banged-up linebacker Ray Michel, who is playing through an ankle injury to give it all he's got. Indeed, O'Brien said he will continue to use N.C. State's veterans and best players rather than getting young players experience to build for the future.

Finally, I met recently with injured Hokies running back Darren Evans to hang out with him during his rehabilitation routine. He was in remarkably good spirits, and Virginia Tech's trainers have raved about his work ethic and the speed with which he's recovered. With Ryan Williams's remarkable freshman season -- he should break Evans's rushing record on Saturday -- Hokies fans might be quick to forget Evans's performance as a powerful runner last season. Check out this one particularly memorable highlight for a reminder.

By Mark Viera  |  November 19, 2009; 8:34 AM ET
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what a beast.

alright the post has had the hokie insider for months now and still it is not a link at the bottom of the articles that you write. the terrapin insider is? i was being patient but youre the f'in washington post, get your site straight already.

Posted by: follybeach | November 21, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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