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“Little good is accomplished without controversy, and no civic evil is ever defeated without publicity.”


Monday October 8, 2012

Volume 126, Issue 36



Sophomore running back Andrew Buie set career-highs in rushes (31) and rushing yards (207) in Saturday’s 48-45 win against Texas.

Buie’s career night powers No. 4 WVU past No. 15w Texas 48-45. Sophomore running back Andrew Buie’s 31 carries yielded 207 yards, two touchdowns and one big-time win in front of a record crowd at DKR-Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The win improved the Mountaineers’ record to 5-0 for the season. Read more from Saturday’s game against Texas in Sports. Redshirt junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey caught eight passes for 75 yards and three touchdowns Saturday.


35 fires, five arrests after victory By Carlee Lammers & Nikki Marini DA staff


Students gather around a burning couch after West Virginia’s 48-45 victory against Texas.

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Following a West Virginia University victory against Texas Saturday, WVU students flocked to the streets of Morgantown, chanting and burning furniture in celebration. The Morgantown Fire Department released a statement Sunday confirming 35 street fires Saturday night and into Sunday morning. In the release, Morgantown Fire Department Captain Ken Tennant said there were 24 confirmed street fires and 11 dumpster fires throughout the city. Tennant said off-duty firefighters were called to assist in the efforts after second alarm conditions were declared at 11:04 p.m. “The fire department had to go to a second-alarm and call out off-duty personnel,” Tennant said. “In certain lo-

ON THE INSIDE The West Virginia men’s soccer team defeated Buffalo 2-0 Sunday to remain undefeated in MAC play. SPORTS PAGE 7

cations, it was very dangerous for our firefighters. Several of our fire engines were pelted with beer bottles, beer cans, rocks. Even the fire chief’s car was pelted with debris. Several fire marshals had debris thrown at them.” In the Sunnyside neighborhood, students gathered around Grant Avenue and Third Street. Tennant said students removed an energized light pole on Grant Avenue and tossed it into the fire – posing an even more dangerous situation. Tennant said in an effort to gain control of the crowds on Grant Avenue, police in riot gear deployed pepper spray on the crowd. “It was a very dangerous situation on Grant Avenue. There were several thousand people that the police were trying to control – large amounts of pepper spray deployed,” he said. “They broke the pole loose, which was

about 15 or 18 feet tall. They then toppled that over into the fire, which created dangerous conditions, because that was still energized.” As the fires continued, hundreds of students flocked to the Sunnyside neighborhood. “I got there as the couch was burning for its first few minutes. I was standing on the porch of a friend’s house on the corner of Third and Grant. I was watching the couch burn with a crowd of people surrounding it. More and more people ran toward it as ‘F--- Texas’ could be heard from blocks away. They were jumping up and down, chanting,” said an anonymous sophomore finance student. “During the couch burning people grabbed the black street light and pulled it into the fire. When the lamp post fell, the police – standing in

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EMBRACING THE NOISE The No. 4 West Virginia football team embraced the hostile environment of 101,851 fans it played in front of Saturday. SPORTS PAGE 10


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Monday October 8, 2012

Family Day at the Farm brings WVU, community together


A child interacting with one of the various calves and other livestock at WVU’s Family Day at the Farm Saturday.

by jacob bojesson correspondent

West Virginia’s fall colors were at their best Saturday as the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design hosted Family Day at the Farm. More than 50 activities and displays were set up at the Animal Sciences Farm on Stewartstown Road. Almost 1,500 visitors mingled, enjoyed popcorn science demonstrations, classic horse carriage riding and everything in between. “It’s been great. We got a good turn out, the weather

cleared off, and I think everybody would have to admit this is a perfect fall day,” said Daniel J. Robison, dean of the Davis College. “I see lots of smiles and a lot of kids having fun.” The Davis College uses the Animal Science Farm for agricultural research. Family Day is one way of showing how the research affects the community. “We have all kinds of animals that you would find at a farm, and we do research from A to Z,” Robison said. “Our students come out, take classes and learn those things as well.”

The planning process for Family Day has been going on for several months. Robison expressed his appreciation for the local businesses and farmers that sponsored the event, as well as the almost 100 student volunteers. “They were out here long before the crowd showed up, and they’ll stay long after the crowd’s gone cleaning up,” Robison said. “They make it possible.” The agricultural program plays an important role in the history of West Virginia University. The Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862 granted

funding to start an agricultural college in Morgantown – that college would later become West Virginia University. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the act, the Davis College decided to bring back Family Day at the Farm last year to show the community what agriculture is all about. “Basically, (it) gives people an opportunity, especially families, to come out and get in touch with agriculture,” said Kurt Mothes, president of the Davis College student organization. “They’re kind of wondering, ‘Why does the Univer-

sity have a farm there for?’ Now they know.” Mothes also believes the event is an opportunity for high school students to explore their interest in agriculture and possibly consider a future with the Davis College. “Whether they are a freshman or senior in high school, they come here and it gives them a chance to meet one-on-one with students and faculty,” Mothes said. “They get a feel of what to expect or what they are looking forward to.” Last year’s event was considered a big success,

despite winds of up to 40 miles an hour. With the sun shining, Robison said this year was above all his expectations, and most visitors agreed. “We’ve had a good experience here – especially the kids; they love it up here,” said Barry Garbrick, who went to the farm with his wife and three children. “I liked the insects, myself. Ethan, my youngest, liked the horse ride, and Tyler liked the sheep.” To learn more about the Davis College, visit http://

Mini World Cup kicks again by bryan bumgardner Across the world, one sport has inspired, infatuated and united people of all nations: soccer. To harness the passion for soccer at West Virginia University, The International Student Organization organized the fifth annual Mini World Cup – a soccer tournament for students. A popular event for international students, the Mini World Cup features 16 teams comprised of students from around the globe. During three weekends every fall, the teams compete on the Mountainlair Commons for a large trophy – and, of course, bragging rights. “Just like how everybody gets worked up about American football here, these kids get so worked up and intense about soccer,” said Shishira Sreenivas, president of the ISO. “And that’s the good part about it, because this gives them a motivation to go and have this tournament.”

Anyone is permitted to play in the tournament. Teams with players hailing from China, Iran and Turkey are competing in the tournament alongside local students. Even the Student Government Association started a team. In the opening matches, traditional rivalries between nationalities created some intense games. “That’s exactly what they’re looking for,” Sreenivas said. “And they’ll play this sport whatever the weather.” SGA Governor Aziz Alshammari helped organize the event. To him, the event is a necessity. “They’re all superstars – if we didn’t organize it, they’d go play it by themselves,” he said. “They love soccer.” Each year, dozens of teams apply to compete, proving the event’s popularity with students. “Some international students know about the Mini World Cup before they even come to this University,” Alshammari said. “They even ask us when it’s going

to start , where it’s going to be before they even arrive.” The Mini World Cup is funded from different sources each year. This year, the Mountaineer Maniacs donated money, and Sargasso restaurant is hosting a dinner for the champions. Ehsan Jafari, an industrial engineering student from Iran, has competed in the tournament for three years. “It’s a good thing we get together, because during the semester, all of us are busy studying,” he said. “It’s good that it brings us all together.” Back home, soccer is everything. “In our country, soccer – you call it soccer, we call it football – we love it,” he said. The tournament continues Oct. 14 with the semifinals, and the following weekend will be the final match. For a schedule and brackets, visit The International Student Organization at WVU on Facebook.

working to identify students involved and take the disciplinary actions necessary. “WVU will continue to cooperate with Morgantown, Monongalia County and state law enforcement authorities in every way possible. University officials will also review videotapes, and any student who is identified breaking the law will be subject to the full range of civil and school penalties, up to and including expulsion. Students among those charged by civil authorities will also face school penalties, which again can include expulsion,” he said. Tweets and thoughts from

students throughout the night flooded the social media timelines of many, and included: “It’s tradition. Like it or not couches are going to burn&kids are going to rage. People know this around the world. #embraceit.” “I’m a TX fan (grew up there) & I went home this weekend b/c I was scared of the crazies. I shouldn’t have to feel that way.” “The fact that we won the game, I was so happy. Then people were pepper sprayed. It just ruined my mood.” Last year, the city of Morgantown deemed any instance of malicious burning

resulting in at least $500 in damages to a felony offense. This weekend, four WVU students were charged with malicious burning, including: Andrew Thompson of Centerville, Va.; David Jospeh Costa of Germantown, Md.; Robert F. Comorosky of Loveland, Ohio; and Brett Zachary Stevens of Highland, Md. University spokesperson John Bolt confirmed the students would be subject to University disciplinary procedures. Non-student Alexander Zuo of Malverin, Pa., was also charged with the offense. Ten others were arrested for offenses including battery on an officer, escape, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction. Other citations were issued for alcohol-related offenses. “I don’t understand it. I’ve been working with the fire problem for the majority of my career,” Tennant said. “This is not a proper way to celebrate these victories. It takes away from the hard work and the achievements of the football team.” Those with additional information are encouraged to contact the Morgantown arson tip-line at 304-225-3586.

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WVU Horticulture Club helps visitors plant basil plants in cups Saturday at WVU’s Family Day at the Farm.


Continued from page 1 front of Summit (Hall) – finally reacted and began running toward the crowd. Then, people started running away down Grant.” Despite efforts from University officials, students and members of the Morgantown community to put an end to the furniture blazing, the is-

sue is still at large. Last week, the West Virginia University Student Government Association released a video entitled “WVU Student Government says,” save a couch, don’t burn one.’ Since its release, the video has received more than 87,000 views; however, University officials believe the message has been missed. In a statement released by the University, Vice President

of Student Affairs Ken Gray said students’ behavior during the weekend is insulting to the Mountaineers’ victory. “It’s unfortunate that despite the coordinated efforts of the University – including students, law enforcement and the administration, and City of Morgantown officials – there remain a few individuals who choose to celebrate West Virginia University athletic successes unsafely and inappropriately. The behavior of some reacting to the Mountaineers’ victory Saturday night is unacceptable and detracts from the team’s achievements,” he said. Gray said the University is


Monday October 8, 2012


PopCon catches Motown ridin’ nerdy


The Illusive Skull, a local costume shop, performs live demonstrations on costume makeup techniques.

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Saturday and Sunday introduced the first popular culture convention to West Virginia. Enthusiastic fans from all around the state – and even some from far away – showed up to the Mylan Park Expo Center to celebrate their love of comics, anime, manga, movies, television, games and more. Jon Hayes, owner of Comics Paradise Plus in Fairmont, W.Va., and organizer of the West Virginia Popular Culture Convention, was extremely pleased with how the event turned out. “It’s been a lot of fun – a lot of positive attitudes and a lot of excitement,” Hayes said. “I think, overall, it’s been really, really good,” Hayes said. The WVPopCon is the first of its kind for West Virginians. Hayes said he recognized the need for an accessible convention in the area, and he was met with much appreciation from pop culture fans.

“I’m really into comics and stuff, so when I heard (about the convention), I was glad W.Va. was getting something like this for once,” said Brendan Sellaro, a recent West Virginia University graduate in print making. “I think it’s a good start.” Hayes was instrumental in bringing lots of exciting guests to Morgantown for the event, including Kyle Higgins, writer of “Batman: Gates of Gotham” and “Nightwing,” part of DC’s “The New 52.” Other guests included Ron Frenz, co-creator of “Spider-Girl” and artist for “The Amazing Spider-Man” during the 1980s; Billy Tucci, illustrator and writer of “Shi;” Jerry Gaylord and Daniel Leister of and Bo Hampton, artist for “Batman: Castle of the Bat,” “Verdilak” and more. However, theses featured guests weren’t the only draw of the convention. It included a wide variety of entertainment options, including panels,

performances, shopping and photo opportunities. Sara Beattie, a music performance student at WVU, attended a panel for future screenwriters. “It really explained things in a way that was straightforward and made it accessible,” Beattie said. The majority of the convention’s space was filled with vendors selling a variety of items, including comics, toys, art, collectibles, Tshirts and more. For Carissa Popovich, an English student at WVU, this was one of the major draws of the event. “I really like looking at the old comics and stuff. It gives you a chance to get issues you couldn’t get originally,” she said. Popovich said this is the first convention she’s had the opportunity to attend, but not for lack of trying. In the past, the distance has always presented a problem, so she was especially grateful to Hayes for bringing the event to West Virginia. One of the most popular aspects of the conven-


Vendors set up at the West Virginia Popular Culture Convention at Mylan Park Saturday. tion was the various gaming that took place. Tables were set up for Magic the Gathering, Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons and other games. There were also video game tournaments presented by The LANding Zone and live action role play from Amtgard, a LARPing society. Also featured were replicas of the “Ghostbusters” van, Robocop and the Adam West-era batmobile, all of which were available for pictures. Elsewhere, guests could have their pictures taken with various “Star Wars” characters in front of sets of the film. The fans weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves. Many of the guests expressed their enjoyment, including Ken Krekeler, who traveled all the way from Michigan for the event. “It’s a fantastic convention; I encourage anyone who does conventions to do this one,” Krekeler said. “Those larger conventions are pretty overwhelming, so this is a very relaxing

Mountaineer Idol brings Nashville twang to Mountainlair by nick wesdock a&e writer

West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Idol brought Nashville to West Virginia Friday night with “country night.” The fourth round of competition took place in the Mountainlair Ballroom and featured “Idol Gives Back Night” – a silent auction to raise money for WVU Children’s Hospital. Before the singers took the stage, fans, friends and family bid on a long list of items, including gift cards, jewelry, cosmetics and a vast array of WVU memorabilia. Along with the auction, the event also featured a stuffed animal drive. At the auction’s conclusion, students Brittany Tramontano and Briana Virden announced the audience collected more than $1,000 and 800 stuffed animals for the children of WVU Children’s Hospital. Following the auction, lights dimmed, and the night’s entertainment began. Capri Salas opened festivities with her performance of Taylor Swift’s “Dear John.” Her moving rendition of the popular tune was then followed by Paige Madden, who sang Martina McBride’s

hit ballad, “Concrete Angel.” Madden explained to the crowd her song was in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a cause for which her grandmother was a strong advocate. Paris Winfrey kept the show rolling, sporting a cowboy hat as he sang “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban with live guitar accompaniment. Next up were Patrick Garcia and Scott Link, who sang “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton and Lonestar’s “Walking in Memphis,” respectively. This is the second year Link and Garcia have participated in Mountaineer Idol, and they said they enjoy the competition, but the best part is meeting new people and making new friends. “I was in it last year and got cut – actually it was this night last year – and I wanted to come back and do it again to see if I could make it a little further this time,” said Link, a junior sports and exercise psychology student. “I feel like you bond so much with the other contestants, because you have that connection of performing and that you love it.” Garcia echoed these sentiments, stating the connections made are truly the most rewarding aspect of the

competition. “Last year, I got third place,” said Garcia, a junior biochemistry student. “I’ve made so many friends through the competition. I’ve done music at the Ms. West Virginia Pageant with Ellis (Lambert), who got second place last year. I’ve met a lot of people.” The final two competitors, Chris Bonavita and Alexa Gonzalez, both chose to cover Rascal Flatts. Gonzalez’s performance of “What Hurts the Most” was the final and most energetic act of the night, and it stood as the perfect bookend to a great night of music and performances. Among the guest judges for Friday’s round were former Miss West Virginia Spenser Wempe, 2012 WVU Homecoming King Steve Orlowski

and up-and-coming country music star Matt VanFossen. “I think it’s a good thing that you guys do this here,” VanFossen said. “Its nice to recognize talent in college, and I truly believe wholeheartedly that, even the people who didn’t get through – if this is something they love to do – just work hard at it, and it will happen,” At the end of the night, the top five contestants advanced to the fifth round of competition. Winfrey, Gonzalez, Madden, Garcia and Link advanced and will take the stage for the event’s semifinals round. This round takes place Oct. 19, and the finalists will show off their skills in the Broadway/Motown genre.

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and lucrative convention for young, up-and-coming artists such as myself.” Krekeler is the writer and illustrator for “Dry Spell” and “The Colodin Project,” and he was there promoting his newest comic “Westward,” which he describes as a “steam-punk murder mystery.” After his experience in Morgantown, he said he would “absolutely” come again. The event was sponsored by Comics Paradise Plus, Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming, Gary’s Comics and More, The Illusive Skull and The Game Exchange. Gary Loring, owner of Gary’s Comics, said although his business didn’t do as well as he hoped, he didn’t regret his decision to come. He sad he was aware this was a premier conven-

tion for the area, and he appreciates what it brings to the community. “We haven’t had anything like this in the area for a long time, and certainly nothing of this scale that I’m aware of in the past 25 years,” Loring said. “To keep it going will take more people coming and spending money – that’s what it takes.” If you didn’t get a chance to attend the convention this time, don’t worry. After Saturday and Sunday’s success, Hayes said he will bring the convention back next year. Hopefully, the WVPopCon will become a staple for West Virginia, and fans of popular culture can look forward to this event for years to come.



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OPINION Destructive behavior must stop 4

Monday October 8, 2012

Thousands of West Virginia University students took to the streets Saturday night to celebrate the Mountaineers’ 48-45 win against Texas. Unfortunately, the outstanding performance by our football team isn’t all that’s making headlines after the game. In the wake of another great victory, our No. 5 ranked football team and Heisman front-runner quarterback have to share the spotlight with the disgraceful students who set fires, vandalized streets and cars, and threw bottles at police and fire first responders. Saturday night, a reported

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35 fires were set, an energized light pole was toppled and thrown into a fire on Grant Ave., and five people were arrested for malicious burning. At times, Grant Ave. looked like a war zone with students on one side and the police on the other. Students charged at the police trying to disperse the crowds. Students were also seen jumping on cars and, in one case, smashing a back window of a vehicle. The sound of breaking glass was almost louder than the chants of “Geno for Heisman.” One female student sub-

jected herself to crowd surfing, and came extremely close to a face-plant into a burning couch. All of this is embarrassing, disgraceful and absolutely unnecessary to celebrate a Mountaineer win. This type of behavior must stop, and it must stop now. It shouldn’t require a horrific injury or death to send shock waves through the student body. The embarrassment that comes along with a Mountaineer win almost isn’t worth it anymore. It has become a recurring pattern: West Virginia wins,

and the students in Morgantown tarnish the win with their destructive behavior. Yes, this is a small percentage of students ruining the experience for the rest of us, but that doesn’t mean all of us aren’t in some way responsible. Hundreds of students watched the pandemonium on Grant Ave. unfold from nearby streets. Students not participating in the irresponsible, and at times illegal, behavior need to deter friends and fellow students from their destructive behavior. Standing and watching adds to the mayhem, mak-

ing it more difficult for police to get the situation under control. Aside from the fact that it isn’t legal, it isn’t cool to set fires. It isn’t cool to vandalize light poles and fellow students’ cars. Students need to ignore those who are making the University look bad. Instead of watching a fire burn, walk away. Better yet: Tell the authorities who did it. Hopefully there will be many more celebrations to come this season. Let’s not mar our reputation like we did Saturday night.

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Anti-abortion and abortion rights supporters stand face to face in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 23, 2012.

There’s more to being ‘pro-life’ than opposing abortion micah conkling correspondent

Every time I’m stopped at the intersection of Chestnut Ridge Rd. and Don Nehlen Drive, I’m subject to a littering of campaign slogans printed on signs in a vacant field off the road. While some are legible and aesthetically pleasing, there’s one – and I don’t know who the candidate is, because his name is so tiny on the sign – that boldly says “Pro-Life” in block letters. What we take that “prolife” statement to mean and what it should mean are entirely different things. It’s time human beings take back the phrase “prolife” from those who use it to prompt guilt and exhibit a narrow opinion of life and living. While abortion is some-

thing that, in a perfect world, wouldn’t exist, there is more to life than birth, and being “for life” should mean you support redeeming the world and helping its people at more stops in life and ranges of years than solely at birth. I get the GOP’s method of framing, really. When it comes to accumulating votes, swinging hard at the issue of abortion to evangelical Christian voters is a home run; it’s where a huge base of Republican voters hang out. I was at the North Carolina state fair a couple of years ago when a conservative, self-proclaimed “pro-life” group had an information booth next to a caramel apple vendor. They were handing out pamphlets about the risks, dangers and moral wrongness of abortion, and also had rubber babies the size of an eraser as take-home reminders of their cause.

There isn’t a sadder appeal of pathos in this world than giving away tiny rubber babies, except maybe the Sarah McLachlan pet adoption video with those puppies who cry crocodile tears. No one is a fan of abortion. Pretty much everybody likes babies. I don’t mean to be obtuse or insensitive to the topic. The truth is, I am pro-life when it comes to the issue of abortion. I believe in the sanctity of life at conception, but also all the way until death. However, I am also prolife when it comes to welfare reform, health care, war, foreign policy and the environment. I’m pro-life when it comes to fair pay, keeping low rates on student loans and gay marriage. I’m pro-life when it comes to energy, education and immigration. We would be a better country if more people (and the politicians who

represent them) were in support of life for all people, regardless of their age, ethnicity, sex, religion, income bracket, disabilities or sexual orientation. We would be a better country if more people were in support of life for the earth, in support of being good stewards when it comes to making sure our environment is healthy. For Democrats, the reclamation of the term “prolife” could be monumental. For the American people, thinking about “pro-life” in terms of health across all walks of being as well as the stewardship of the earth could be shatteringly progressive and beneficial for our nation. For Republicans, their platform would be a whole lot more attractive to folks interested in life and living if they were in favor of protecting all lives, not just some, and the earth too.

In “The Failure of War,” Wendell Berry wrote, “We cling in our public life to a brutal hypocrisy. In our century of almost universal violence of humans against fellow humans, and against our natural and cultural commonwealth, hypocrisy has been inescapable because our opposition to violence has been selective or merely fashionable. Some of us who approve of our monstrous military budget and our peacekeeping wars nonetheless deplore ‘domestic violence’ and think that our society can be pacified by ‘gun control.’ Some of us are against capital punishment but for abortion. Some of us are against abortion but for capital punishment.” Abortion and other human rights issues are hot button, touchy subjects. We’re not debating whether or not a contes-

tant was wrongly kicked off “Dancing with the Stars.” Lives and livelihood hang in the balance. What I’m asking you to consider and what Wendell Berry so elegantly and sharply implores is that we rethink the terminology we use, as well as the philosophies behind our expressions. What do we really mean when we say “pro-life”? If you say you are “prolife” (and vote that way, too) in the traditional sense, what sorts of life and living might you be leaving out with your alliance? If you don’t align yourself with a conventional “pro-life” stance, are there ways in which you could better support this country and its peoples’ health and living? Let’s think about people, all people of all ages and walks of life, before we think, speak or vote.

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mood. Tonight: Avoid extremes.

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The West Virginia men’s soccer team defeated Buffalo 2-0 Sunday. The Mountaineers are still undefeated in MAC play.

WVU stays undefeated in MAC play with 2-0 win vs. Buffalo By Doug Walp Sports writer

The West Virginia men’s soccer team remained undefeated in conference play Sunday afternoon as it shutout visiting Mid-American Conference opponent Buffalo 2-0 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Sophomore forward Andy Bevin broke a scoring slump and found the back of the net for his second goal of the season, while senior centerback Eric Schoenle scored on a second-half penalty kick Sunday afternoon for his team-leading fifth goal of the season. “We put a good performance in and won two-nil, so hopefully that sets the

standard for the rest of the season,” Bevin said. The Mountaineers continued a season-long trend by dominating their opponents in shots taken, 23-8, and shots on goal, 7-1. Bevin’s goal came in the 50th minute on an assist from freshman forward Majed Osman. After receiving the pass in Buffalo’s box, Bevin turned and fired to find the back of the net from just a few yards out. The talented sophomore has certainly had his share of opportunities to score this season, but West Virginia head coach Marlon LeBlanc said he believes Sunday’s match could be a potential turning point for Bevin, at least confidence-

wise, as the Mountaineers (7-3-2, 2-0-1 MAC) begin an important series of matches down the stretch of the inaugural season in the MAC “We need Andy Bevin to score goals,” LeBlanc said. “And if this is any indication of what we’re going to get moving forward, I couldn’t have picked a better time for him to start getting hot.” Another key point from Sunday’s match with Buffalo was that LeBlanc used the match to send a message to some of his players after the excruciating loss against Elon Tuesday night. The Mountaineers let a 2-1 advantage turn into a 3-2 defeat in just a matter of minutes, and the players reported LeBlanc let them

atmosphere Continued from page 10

body in the country. “We know that we have a really good offense and a really good defense,” Smith said. “The confidence is there; the trust is there. We play as a team. “We don’t get down when situations get tough. We rise up to the occasion.”


Continued from page 10 came home victorious? I think back to the “blackout” in 2006 at No. 5 Louisville, the Friday night bash against No. 18 USF in 2007, the SEC trip at Auburn and road matchup with No. 5 Cincinnati in 2009 and, of course, Tiger Stadium in 2010 against No. 15 LSU – all disappointing defeats for West Virginia. I think I’d have to go all the way back to Brian King’s memorable interception of No. 19 Virginia Tech’s Bryan Randall in 2002 to find the last time the Mountaineers were successful in a true hostile environment against a respectable, ranked foe.


Continued from page 10 Brown congratulated West Virginia after the win and said the fan turnout was one of the best he’d ever seen. “I want to really thank our fans. I thought they did a tremendous job. That is by far the loudest and longest I’ve heard them yell since I have been here in my 15 years,” he said. “Also, I want to congratulate West Virginia. They’ve got a really good football team.” Texas fell behind 21-7 in the early going, and it appeared West Virginia was on its way to another rout. The Longhorns, though, battled back and grabbed a 28-27 lead behind two rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back Joe Bergeron and a fumble re-

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West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass against Texas Saturday. The senior threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns against the Longhorns.

But enough of the history lesson; let’s get back to the importance of this season’s win. The Mountaineers were making their first trip to Big 12 Country, and their inaugural experience started in the heart of Texas. They attracted the largest crowd ever to witness a Longhorn game in Austin, but second-year head coach Dana Holgorsen and his team were never intimidated. Heisman candidate Geno Smith was sacked as many times in the first two quarters against Texas as he was in the first four games combined. But he wasn’t fazed. Running back Andrew Buie was forced to carry the

ball a career-high 31 times due to the absence of usual starter Shawne Alston. He responded with 207 rushing yards and two scores. To put it simply, West Virginia faced every challenge put in front of it Saturday night in Austin, and it overcame them all. They surprised more than 100,000 Texas fans, as well as many Mountaineer fans, myself included, by entering the depths of uncharted territory and returning with an honorable victory. They say everything is bigger in Texas. And West Virginia’s win over the Longhorns was the biggest of them all.

covery in the end zone by junior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. Bergeron finished the game with 14 carries for 49 yards and four touchdowns. Texas sophomore quarterback David Ash tossed for 269 yards and a touchdown on 22 of 29 passing attempts. Ash

connected with senior wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an eight-yard touchdown with less than a minute to play, but West Virginia recovered the subsequent onside kick attempt – sealing the victory.

know in practice during the week that he wouldn’t be afraid to make changes heading into Sunday’s contest. “Coach had said pretty much every spot is up for grabs in training,” Bevin said. “And whoever worked the hardest and produced this week will be the one who takes the spot and, as you can see, there were changes.” “There were multiple changes for multiple reasons,” Leblanc said. “At the end of the day, the game is the greatest teacher. We had some lessons that needed to be learned after throwing the game away on Tuesday night, and hopefully they’ve been learned.”

The three most glaring changes were WVU’s two leading point scorers, Schoenle and Travis Pittman, another senior, started the match on the bench for the Mountaineers. Goalkeeper Pat Eavenson, who has started all but two games this season, remained on the bench for the duration of the match, while his backup, redshirt senior Yale Tiley, earned his second win and first shutout of the season. Schoenle was brought in with a few minutes to go in the first half, and Pittman entered about halfway through the second half. Schoenle, who is widely considered the Mountaineers’ most talented player at

any position, said it was admittedly tough to sit idle on the Mountaineers’ bench for the first 35 minutes of the match, but he didn’t let that affect him once he got onto the pitch. “It was rough, but coach puts out who he thinks is the best team, and today I wasn’t included in that,” Schoenle said. “It got me a little mad, but once he put me in, I knew I had a job to do.” The Mountaineers will have a full week to recover before hosting conference foe Hartwick (3-52, 1-1-0 MAC) next Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Stadium.



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Men’s soccer

Women’s Soccer

No. 16 WVU defeats KU, Iowa State WVU offense finds

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Sophomore forward Kate Schwindel scored a goal and added three assists over the weekend.

by robert kreis sports writer

With two big conference road wins this weekend, the Big 12 Conference might be second guessing its invitation to the West Virginia women’s soccer team, which sits at first place after beating Kansas and Iowa State. “I think that we are a team that competes and that left the Big East champions, and our goal is to win the Big 12,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I think we are a team that has shown our

willingness and focus to win this (conference).” The weekend started with 1-0 victory against the Jayhawks Friday night. Sophomore Kate Scwindel was the hero for the Mountaineers in the win. “I think it’s huge; Kansas was a great team,” Schwindel said in an interview with Mountaineer Sports Network. “We really battled and showed them we’re here in the Big 12 and going to remain one of those top teams.” Schwindel’s goal came

minutes before the first half ended. After freshman Amanda Hill beat a Jayhawk to earn possession, she pushed the ball forward to senior Bri Rodriguez. Rodriguez connected the ball to Schwindel, who ripped a shot past the diving Kansas keeper and into the back of the net. Schwindel’s score propelled the Mountaineers to a 1-0 shutout victory, earning the junior her eighth goal of the season. With the Kansas win, West Virginia collected their seventh consec-

utive victory. Attempting to lead her team to an eighthstraight win, Schwindel went from scorer on Friday to distributor Sunday against Iowa State. Schwindel had a leg in all three scores the Mountaineers put up in their 3-2 win against the Cyclones Sunday afternoon. Schwindel’s first assist came less than two minutes into the game, when she crossed the ball to freshman forward Kelsie Maloney, who put the Mountaineers on the board first. “For Kelsie to get that ball for us in the first half was very critical – just with the tempo of the game and being able to finish,” Izzo-Brown said. Schwindel’s next two assist both went to the foot of junior forward Frances Silva. The goals scored off the Schwindel-Silva connection propelled the Mountaineers to a victory against the cyclones. “No question, Kate Schwindel created so many great chances for us today,” Izzo-Brown said after the Iowa State game. “I think (Schwindel and Silva’s) relationship – they trust each other. Obviously, they are building chemistry off each other; they know how to play with each other. “That Frances and (Schwindel) feel is two years in the making now.” Sunday’s win ends a backbreaking three-game stretch of road games for the Mountaineers that toured through the states of Texas, Kansas and Iowa. After the demanding run, Izzo-Brown is more than pleased to come away with three victories. “When you go on the road, and especially going into a new conference, we do not know what the elements are going to be and what we’re walking into,” Izzo-Brown said. “There are so many uncertainties that you can’t count on, so for our team to battle and get these wins was huge.”

rhythm vs. Buffalo

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Sophomore forward Andy Bevin scored his second goal of the season against Buffalo Sunday.

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When the No. 18 West Virginia men’s soccer team fell to Elon Tuesday night, there was concern coming into the Sunday afternoon game against Buffalo. However, when there are guys like sophomore forward Andy Bevin on a squad, life gets a little easier. WVU was able to defeat Buffalo 2-0 due to the Mountaineers’ offensive attack. West Virginia only gave up one shot on goal and eight shots total. The Mountaineers were able to get 23


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shots, including seven on goal. Bevin opened the second half with a goal for his second on the season. His turnaround goal from 10 yards out got him out of his recent slump. “He’s gotten a lot of chances,” said head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “Goal scorers are all about confidence. We need Andy Bevin to score goals. If this is an indication of what he is going to do, he couldn’t have picked a better time for him to start getting hot. “He found the back of the net today, and hopefully that helps his confidence.” West Virginia got its second goal from senior defender Eric Schoenle off of a penalty kick. It was his fifth goal on the season. The offensive intensity was evident throughout the game from WVU. The loss to Elon was due to an inability to kill the game in the late stages – allowing the Phoenix to score two goals within the final five minutes. That was all ancient history against Buffalo, however. Bevin was one of the leaders for West Virginia, with five shots, three shots on goal and the first Mountaineer goal. The second half was full of energy, as two goals were hit within seven minutes. “At least the chances were coming,” Bevin said. “Luckily, we snuck two past them and got a clean sheet. We came out firing in the second half. We created chance after chance. We were just saying: let’s kill the game.” In a bit of a surprise, LeBlanc didn’t start seniors Schoenle and Travis Pittman. The clear message was sent out to each guy on the squad. “There were multiple changes for multiple reasons,” LeBlanc said. “At the end of the day, the game is the greatest teacher. We had some lessons that needed to be learned about throwing the game away on Tuesday night.” Still, with six freshmen starting for West Virginia on Sunday, the chances started to come – especially in the second half. “We talked about how we were going to find our goals, because we knew we were going to have more of the possession, and they defended valiantly for a long time,” LeBlanc said. “We just needed to accelerate a little bit in the final third, and in the second half, we were able to penetrate with a little more possession and transition with a second wave.” “I liked the intensity to kill the game. We had a bit of a goalkeeping battle tonight. I thought it was, in terms of our standpoint, a very professional outing. We understood the game, understood what the opposition was going to do and then making adjustments after halftime.”




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West Virginia wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin combined for 18 receptions and four touchdowns in the Mountaineers’ 48-45 win over Texas.

No. 4 West Virginia holds off No. 15 Longhorns in 48-45 shootout on the road By Cody Schuler Managing Editor

West Virginia sophomore running back Andrew Buie carried the football 31 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns, powering No. 4 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) past No.15 Texas (4-1, 1-1) 48-45. A stadium record 101,851 people watched as West Virginia, playing in its first road game as a member of the Big 12 Conference, willed its way to a win despite trailing in the fourth quarter in what figures to be the most hostile environment the Mountaineers will face all season.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said his team’s balanced effort on offense, defense and special teams allowed the Mountaineers to claim their first road victory over a top-15 team since they defeated Boston College on Nov. 26, 1993. “I’m really proud of the guys; I’m proud of the way they fought on all three sides of the ball,” he said. “It was a tremendous team victory. “Defense came up with some big stops in key situations, (and) I thought they showed a lot of improvement. I thought special teams was tremendous,” he said.

Senior kicker Tyler Bitancurt had his first field goal attempt blocked, but he connected on tries of 37 and 41 yards in the second quarter. The game featured four lead changes, the last of which came when redshirt junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey snatched a 6-yard strike from senior quarterback Geno Smith to put the Mountaineers ahead 41-38 with less than 11 minutes left in the game. Smith connected on 25 of 35 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Dating back to the Orange Bowl, Smith has now thrown 30

touchdowns to zero interceptions – and has thrown 259 straight passes without an interception. Bailey led the Mountaineers in touchdowns, grabbing three on an eight catch, 75-yard effort. His season total of 13 touchdown receptions sets a new single-season program record. Senior wide receiver Tavon Austin led all receivers with 10 catches and finished with 102 receiving yards and one touchdown. Austin also tallied 111 yards on kick returns. West Virginia went 5-for-5 on fourth down tries in the game – something Smith

said was a result of Holgorsen trusting the offense to move the chains. “It’s how we play: we play as a team, (and) we fight as a team,” he said. “No matter what it takes to win the game, that’s what we’re going to do. “Coach did a great job managing the situations. He kept us out there on the field and trusted us to get the first downs.” With senior running back Shawne Alston missing the game due to an injury and so much emphasis on West Virginia’s high-powered passing attack, many did not expect

the Mountaineer offense to achieve the level of success it did on the ground. For Holgorsen, Buie’s play was nothing short of fantastic. “(Buie) averaged 6.7 yards per run, and that’s phenomenal. What is surprising for me is to see him carry it 31 times,” he said. “We did commit to the run; that was something we talked about earlier in the week, and there weren’t any tricks, either. We just lined up and ran right at them.” Texas head coach Mack

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WVU embraced atmosphere at Texas A Texas-sized victory by michael carvelli sports editor

The West Virginia football team had a feeling Saturday’s game against No. 15 Texas could be important. It was an opportunity to play on one of the biggest stages in college football against one of the premier programs in the nation and show the country the No. 4 Mountaineers are ready to be considered among the best. In their 48-45 win, they were able to do just that. And they did it their way. “We don’t care; that’s just the way we are,” said senior quarterback Geno Smith. “We’re going to win as a team, we’re going to lose as a team, so we might as well have fun with it. That’s what we do.” When it rolled into Austin, West Virginia saw itself in front of the largest crowd it had ever played for. The

101,851 people in attendance was also the largest crowd in the history of Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. The environment was loud, and it was one of the toughest the Mountaineers had seen, but it was something they embraced. They were able to feed off the energy from the fans. “I love going into a stadium and you’re hearing 100,000 people just booing,” said sophomore Andrew Buie. “If that don’t get you fired up, I don’t know what else does.” Like so many of the other big games West Virginia has gone into in the past, the Mountaineers were considered the underdogs. But, as they showed in games like the Orange Bowl and other important games throughout the last few seasons, the Mountaineers were ready for the challenge. They were ready to show, even though they were the underdogs, they could take on any challenge against

any team and pull through the adversity that they faced. They were ready to show they could compete with the best the Big 12 had to offer. “We were definitely hungry tonight,” said redshirt freshman linebacker Isaiah Bruce. “We don’t feel like we should be looked as the underdogs in any situation. We think we’re the best team in the nation right now. “We’re going to play like the best team every time we’re out on the field, and we’re going to continue to improve.” It wasn’t an easy win by any means Saturday night. The Mountaineers were faced with situations through which some teams might not have been able to battle. But they were able to get through it with confidence that they’re good enough to play with any-

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for West Virginia

nick arthur associate sports editor

If there is one thing I’ve learned from years of watching and participating in sports, it’s that a win is a win. No matter the margin of victory, no matter what it takes to find that success, it will always go in the record book the same as long as one finds a way to outscore the opponent. But there are many instances when a victory means more than just a “W” in the win column, and No. 4 West Virginia’s 48-45 vic-

tory over No. 15 Texas Saturday night was exactly that. It wasn’t David vs. Goliath by any means. But, it sure felt like it, huh? The Mountaineers were a seven-point underdog, and more than 100,000 fans inside Texas Memorial Stadium awaited their prey – the new kids in town. Let’s be honest: WVU was ranked higher in the polls and arguably was the more talented team entering the contest. But when was the last time the Mountaineers were underdogs on the road in a hostile environment and

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The DA 10-08-2012  

The October 8 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.