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Florida State cheerleaders present the Noles' and Hokies' 2012 turnover margins in interpretive dance. (The girl at the top who is flying away represents the ball.) (AP)

• No. 8 Florida State 28, Virginia Tech 22. Things you need to know about Thursday night's contest: EJ Manuel saved the game for the 'Noles on a last-minute 39-yard touchdown connection to Rashad Greene. Virginia Tech linebacker Michael Cole has been diagnosed with a neck sprain after being taken off the field in an ambulance in the third quarter and was to be released from the hospital last night (and is already back on Twitter, if you'd like to send well wishes.) Also, this happened. For more on last night's ACC clash, click these links:  [BOX | RECAP]

• Arkansas State 45, Louisiana-Monroe 23. Warhawks backup quarterback Cody Wells, starting in place of the injured Kolton Browning, managed to throw for 357 yards, but the Red Wolves are pretty adept at staying ahead on the scoreboard and the stat sheet. Ryan Aplin went 26-of-34 for 334 yards, and David Oku rushed 22 times for 131. Todd Berry spoke afterwards on how injuries to several key players, Browning among them, have affected the Warhawks late in the season:

"It’s been unfortunate, but that’s part of the game. I know one thing, about four weeks ago we were a lot better football team than we are right now. [...] Not to take away anything from [Arkansas State], but right now everybody looks pretty good against us.”

The Red Wolves remain atop the Sun Belt standings along with Middle Tennessee State, each carrying one conference loss. [BOX | RECAP ]

• D.J. Hayden update. As of yesterday, Houston was reporting D.J. Hayden in stable but critical condition in Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital following a Tuesday collision in practice that "required immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart." From Houston's team doctor, some chilling background info: "This injury has never been seen or reported in association with a football injury and is more associated with high speed motor vehicle injuries. The type of injury D.J. had is 95 percent fatal in the field and we are all very thankful for the coordinate response from the University of Houston trainers, EMS paramedics, the trauma team at Memorial Hermann and operating surgeon Dr. John Holcomb." Thoughts and prayers to Hayden, his family and the Houston football community. The Houston Chronicle has further reading.

• Marcus Lattimore update. Good news from South Carolina sports info: "University of South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore underwent successful surgery on Friday, November 2, team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy confirmed today. Lattimore had several ligaments surgically repaired in his right knee by a team of physicians in Birmingham, Ala. [...] He returned to Columbia over the weekend and was released from a local hospital on Monday. Lattimore is in good spirits and has already begun the rehabilitation process. At this time, there are no plans for further surgery, according to Dr. Guy." Our continued best wishes to Lattimore for a full recovery.

• Roster blotter. BYU defensive back Joe Sampson and sophomore linebacker Zac Stout have been suspended for the ever-popular-and-mysterious Violation Of Team Rules, and have withdrawn from school, per Cougars sports info.

• Schedule matters. Washington State has moved a scheduled game with BYU from 2013 to 2019, replacing the Cougars contest with a visit from Southern Utah. 

• Misc. A select few voters in Georgia wish to be governed by Jarvis Jones ... Hawaii turns up possible NCAA violations ... "I don't see us giving up 42 points [to Oregon]," said a Cal linebacker who will certainly not regret his words.

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