New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
_ Saturday, October 15,2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9A
Texas State should more than handle Panhandle State
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE (1-6) AT TEXAS STATE(4-1)
6 p.m., Bobcat Stadium Radio: KTSW-FM 89.9 Tickata: $10 at the gate ABOUT THE AGGIES Conferece: Heartland Coach: Kyle Davis 1-6 at OPSU (first season)
Series: First meeting Key players: QB Brandon Warner; K Hat Rogers; RB David Daniels; LB Clifford Dean Outlook: Thus far the Aggies have been abysmal under first year coach Kyle Davis. To make matters worse, every one of the Aggies' touchdowns have come on the ground, while Texas State's run defense ranks 13th nationally and is surrendering a meager 93.8 yards per game. The Aggies also head into this game a little beat up after losing the past two weeks to nationally ranked opponents by a combined score of 141-0. Look for Texas State quarterback Barrick Nealy to continue his string of big games.
By Rick Breland
SAN MARCOS — A week after winning 30-15 on the road in its conference open-er against Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State will celebrate its 67th annual homecoming by playing Oklahoma Panhandle State.
The Aggies (1-6), who have struggled of late, should be Texas State’s (4-1) easiest opponent this season.
Both teams appear to be headed in opposite directions. In its last two games,
both against nationally ranked opponents, OPSU was outscored 141-0. Meanwhile, Texas State, propeled by wins in its last two games, has moved up in the polls and is now ranked No.9 in the ESPN/USA Today Division 1-AA poll. The ranking is Texas State's highest since 1991, when the Bobcats were ranked 10th.
First-year Aggies head coach Kyle Davis has got to be wondering when the going will get easier, after facing his third nationally-ranked opponent in as many
Texas State holds an advantage at nearly every position.
The Aggies offense has scored five touchdowns this season, all on the ground. Defensively, Texas State is most sound defending the run, and is ranked 13th nationally in allowing just 93.8 yards per game.
Texas State quarterback Barrick Nealy will look to continue his string of impressive games of late. Earlier this week Nealy was added to the Payton Award watch list by The Sports Network. For Divi
sion I-AA players, the Payton Award is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
Thus far this season, Nealy is averaging 248.3 yards of offens, which ranks third nationally. And while Nealy has been dazzling on the ground, averaging 72.4 yards rushing a game, it is through the air where he has stood out the most, ranking in the top 20 in yards, completions, touchdowns and pass efficiency.
Under center for the Aggies is freshman Brandon Warner. Warner has had rough start
to his first year, throwing eight interceptions without a touchdown. The few bright spots Warner has had this year have all come running, where he has compiled 287 yards and three touchdowns through seven games.
Running back David Daniels is the Aggies’ offensive leader, accounting for 372 yards and averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Aggies’ one standout is linebacker Clifford Dean, who leads the team with 51 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack.White Sox grab 2-1 lead in ALCS Colorado out to spoil Texas’ party
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — No doubt about this one.
Jon Garland and Paul Konerko made sure of that.
Garland pitched a four-hit-ter, Konerko hit a two-run homer deep into the left-field seats in a three-run first inning and the Chicago White Sox silenced the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.
“I was strong. I was really strong,’’ said Garland, who struck out seven and walked one in his first outing since Oct. I. “The offense took the pressure off me in the first inning.”
Garland pitched Chicago’s second straight complete game, following Mark Buehrle’s five-hitter in Game 2.
“When you’re not swinging the bats well, you look flat,” Angels manager Mike Scios-cia said.
There weren’t any discussions of dubious decisions by the umpires, unlike Wednesday night in Chicago when umpire Doug Eddings set off days of debate with a controversial call in the ninth that led to the White Sox’s win-
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St. Louis (Morris 14-10) at Houston (Clemens 13-8), 3:30 p.m. (FOX) Sunday
St Lou« (Suppan 16-10) at Houston (Backs 10-8), 3:45 p.m. (FOX)
ANGELS VS. WHITE SOX (Chicago leads
Chicago 5, Los Angeles 2
Chicago (Garcia 14-8) at Los Angeles (Santana 12-8), 6:35 p.m. (FOX)
Not that the umpires had a quiet night.
The sellout crowd of 44,725 at Angel Stadium repeatedly booed the umpires and Chicago’s A.J. Pierzynski, who ran to first with two outs in the ninth Wednesday after he swung and missed strike three, a pitch Eddings ruled hit the dirt.
Replays seemed to show
Angels backup catcher Josh Paul grabbed the pitch in the air, and the Angels were furious, especially after Joe Crede hit an RBI double late in the inning for a 2-1 Chicago win.
Before Friday’s game, Scios-cia insisted there wouldn’t be any carry-over.
“Our guys have moved on. I feel the same way,” he said.
But the White Sox found new punch against John Lackey, scoring as many runs in the first three innings as they did in the first two games.
“When we came in today, nobody was talking about that call,” Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly said.
Ervin Santana, the 22-year-old rookie who won the first-round clincher against the New York Yankees, will try to tie the series for the Angels on Saturday when he pitches against Freddy Garcia.
Garland, pitching against a team he nearly was traded to, allowed three runners in the first five innings and just five overall. Darin Erstad had the first hard-hit ball, a second-inning, two-out double, but was thrown out trying for third.
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas will find out quickly if the post-Oklahoma party lasted too long.
Last week’s win over the Sooners prompted a huge celebration in Austin with speculation about a playing for a national championship running at a season high.
But with No. 24 Colorado (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) coming to town today, the question now is whether any lingering hangover will make No. 2 Texas (5-0,2-0) ripe for an upset.
“One of the things an undefeated team has to do to stay undefeated is handle this,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “And if you don’t handle it, you’re not one of the best teams in the country.”
Beating Oklahoma left the Longhorns undefeated and untied this late in the season for the first time since 1983. And since 2000, Texas has been one of the most dominant teams in October and November, going 29-2 in the regular season.
But that record came after Brown rallied the Longhorns after five straight losses to the Sooners. This year, the win put
Texas in charge of the Big 12 South division. Win the rest of their games and the Longhorns earn a spot in the conference title game.
If Texas wins and top-ranked Southern Cal loses at No. 9 Notre Dame, come Sunday the Longhorns could be No. I for the first time since 1984.
And on Monday, they’ll found out where there are in the first Bowl Championship Series standings, which for the first time do not take into account the Associated Press rankings.
Texas players say they know they can’t afford any slip-ups now.
“If we lose this game, it kind of loses the meaning of beating OU. For some guys, it will be hard to put the win behind them,” said senior guard Will Allen. “The leaders of this team need to step up and make a point that everyone understands we’re playing a really good team.”
Yet there were signs early this week that the campus victory lap hadn’t quite finished. Brown criticized the Longhorns for what he considered
an “average” practice.
“We need to get rid of the Oklahoma stuff and get focused on Colorado,” Brown said.
Texas may be without freshman running back Jamaal Charles, who is listed as questionable after tweaking an ankle sprain suffered in the second half against Oklahoma.
Charles leads the Longhorns with 563 yards rushing and seven touchdowns the team said his availability will be a game-time decision.
In his place will be junior Selvin Young, who started the first two games before Charles took over. Young has 188 yards on 35 carries, but also has three fumbles. He scored a touchdown against the Sooners after Charles left the game.
Young’s fumbles are just part of what could be troubling trend. Texas has put the ball on the ground 17 times this season, an average of more than three a game. While only four of those have resulted in turnovers, similar miscues could create serious problems against a team as good as Colorado.
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