November 5, 2007

Special feeling to rivalry week

When Daniel Evans wore his North Carolina State clothing to elementary school growing up in Raleigh, he learned at a young age how intense the rivalry is with North Carolina.

Evans, the son of former Wolfpack player Johnny Evans, knew what was coming when NC State lost to North Carolina, even from little kids.

"Kids would get ruthless," Evans said. "They will tear you apart if you are going for State and State loses, or vice-versa. I can remember being excited when State would win, I'd go in and talk some smack with kids too."

Somewhere this week, kids are teasing each other in the Triangle because of what attire they are wearing to school. Evans and the Wolfpack hope to ease the school-yard ribbing with a victory Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.

"All the Carolina kids would be running around, making fun of me and laughing at me," said Evans, who has quarterbacked the Wolfpack to three straight wins. "So, they didn't care if we lost to Maryland or UVA, the Carolina-NC State game is what really mattered every year."

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