New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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town to stay home so more room was available for the thousands fleeing nearby Houston and the Gulf Coast.
The specter of Rita spurred both schools to hastily reschedule the game from Saturday, when the Category 4 storm packing 145-mph wind was expected to make landfall.
Barrick Nealy threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns for Texas State (2-1), which lost its hopes of an upset when the Bobcats couldn’t score after starting a drive at the Aggies 7 yard line midway through the fourth quarter.
Texas A&M President Robert Gates encouraged fans not living in the College Station area to skip the game because hotels were booked with evacuees. The announced paid attendance was 72,741, but about half as many turned out.
Students packet! most of the three-tiered stands on the east side of Kyle Field, but large clumps of empty bleachers pockmarked the rest of the sta
dium. The Aggie War Hymn, which usually causes the stadium to physically wobble as fans sway back-and-forth, couldn’t move the west stands Thursday because there were too few fans.
The university canceled classes Friday but welcomed Gulf Coast residents fleeing the storm. Just blocks from die stadium, a campus animal clinic operated as a makeshift hospital for evacuated burn victims from Galveston, and the school’s basketball arena housed more than 330 evacuees by late Thursday.
Evacuees at Reed Arena were given free tickets to the game. Those who attended watched McNeal become the first Texas A&M quarterback to throw for 300 yards in consecutive games.
In a 66-8 rout of SMU on Saturday, McNeal threw for 349 yards and finished with a school-record 449 total yards.
McNeal rushed for 86 yards against the Bobcats and finished with 403 total yards. Courtney Lewis ran for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns.
It marked the first time Texas A&M had a 300-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game.
Backe, Berkman help Astros beat Bucs again
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The way Brandon Backe is pitching, that Big Three rotation of the Houston Astros could be a Big Four during the final IO days of the season — and maybe beyond.
Backe made his second successive strong start and the Astros held their lead in tile NL wild-card race, beating the Ifrtts-bnrgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday lur their eighth win in nine games.
Backe limited the Pirates to one nm and two hits over seven innings and Brad Lidge preserved the lead, getting the final four outs. Lance Berkman drove in two early mils against Zach IXike, and the Astir is made them stand up.
The Astros, led by pitchers Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt, began the day two guiles up on Philadelphia and four games ahead of Florida for the wild card. I touston starts a series Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the (Chicago Cubs.
Backe pitched well — he struck out six and walked none —despite having matters on his mind despite baseball. A native of Galveston, he spent consid
erable time on the phone this week making sure his parents and other family members left their homes well ahead off ftini-cane Rita.
()ther Astros players didn’t take a chance, cither. Jeff Bagwell had his wife and two dang!Hers fly to Chicago for this weekend’s series, and catcher I Iumberto Quintero sent his wife and child to Dallas.
Backe (10-8) pitched effectively throughout, allowing only Craig Wilson’s solo homer in the fifth and Daryle Ward’s harmless single in the second. Backe has allowed one run in 13 2-3 innings while winning his last two stints, against the Brewers and the Pirates, after going 0-1 in two starts following a six-week layed with a rib cage injury.
Backe could be important to the Astros’ postseason rotation, because manager Phil Gamer isnt going to start the 43-year-old (Semens and Pettitte, who is coming off surgery, with less than their normal rest.
Lidge earned liis 38th save in 41 opportunities, getting Jack Wilson to ground into an inning-
ending force play in the eighth with mimers on first and second.
()n the field, Bedeman drove in seven runs in tile final two games of a four-game series in which the Astros lost 7-0 Monday with (Clemens on the mound, then won the filled three behind Pettitte, Oswalt and Backe.
Willy Taveras got the Astros’ offense going for the second day in a row after being out for a week with a lacerated right middle finger. After going 3-for-6 with two runs in a 12-8 victory Wednesday night, he scored both Astros runs as I louston opened a 2-0 lead liy the third inning against I Hike (6-2).
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