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Junior receiver Ryan Swope catches a 68-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Swope caught 11 passes for 206 yards and a school record four touchdowns against Baylor on Saturday.

No jury required, 55-28 Austin Meek: Aggies punctuate conference dispute


ith less than two minutes remaining on the clock, the entire student section of the fourth-largest crowd in Kyle Field history began chanting in unison: “S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C!”

Writing for this newspaper has its perks — scarfing down pasta salad while watching the game in an air conditioned press box is one of them — but it’s moments like those when I wish I were standing in the student section. The sound simply pounded through the entire stadium, reverberating off the walls loud enough for television viewers to hear. Winning at Kyle is always a treat and conference games only up that ante. But didn’t Saturday feel like something more than a win

over a team we’ve handled three years in a row? This game will always stick in my mind because of the way the Aggies won it. In a battle of top-25 teams, No. 21 beat No. 20 — actually, “beat down” would be a better description — by 27, a margin almost greater than the number of points the Bears put on the scoreboard themselves. The thing I’ll always remember is the way the Aggies thoroughly dominated Baylor.

For the first time this year, Ryan Tannehill showed off his arm strength, throwing for 415 yards, good for 16.6 yards per completion. The bubble screen — a staple of A&M’s aerial attack most of the season — hardly made an appearance. Tannehill connected on two 68yard bombs to Ryan Swope and a 47-yarder to Uzoma Nwachukwu. “You’re gonna have a few chances a game [to make big plays],” Tannehill said. “You’ve See Football on page 4

DeLoss “Darth” Dodds, Texas athletic director, said in a statement Friday that the rivalry is postponed until at least 2018 because the Longhorn’s nonconference schedule is full. Now that the Lone Star Showdown is on hold until 2019, Aggie fans wonder which team(s) will serve as the knockoff of the longest-played intra-state rivalry in the nation. Simply replacing the Texas game with another heated matchup is an impossible task. The Twelfth Man yells, hisses and cusses loudest against the school that has belittled A&M’s progress on and off the field for 117 years and then some. Here’s my wish list of filler rivalries until the Showdown’s return: No. 1 Oklahoma/Oklahoma State Either team works as both have good football pedigrees and are tearing through the 2011 season ranked in the top-10. Oklahoma football is synonymous with winning after seven national championships. The Sooners are national contenders and bring in top-10 recruiting classes each year. Who wouldn’t want to compete with that each season? OSU is to OU what A&M is to t.u.: a little state school trying to step out of the shadow of big brother. The Pokes have flourished under See Rivalry on page 4


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The Battalion It is Aggie Habitat for Humanity’s biggest fundraiser of the year, an annual community event for Covenant Presbyterian Church, and a chance for students to add a fall flavor to their abodes. It’s the great pumpkin — the great pumpkin patch, that is. “The community really enjoys the pumpkin patch,” said Elly Espinoza, senior entomology major and director of special events of Aggie Habitat. “You will see older ladies asking for someone to help them as they try to roll around these huge pumpkins. Sometimes people come and take family pictures there. It’s really pretty and welcoming.” Located at 220 Rock Prairie Road in College Station, at Covenant Presbyterian Church,

the patch attracts both community members and churchgoers alike. Hailey Minter, director of special events of Aggie Habitat and junior Pumpkin human resources development major, said picking it is convenient that Pumpkin patch the congregation of the hours are 12 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian until dark Sunday Church walks past the through Friday, and patch when entering Saturday from and exiting service. 8 a.m. to dark. “They use a big corner lot by the church for the patch — it’s nice to see it go to such good use,” said Steve Martindale, Covenant Presbyterian member. “We

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Indy driver dies in pileup LAS VEGAS — Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnarled in a fiery 15-car pileup on Lap 13, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2. The 33-year-old racer was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, including this year’s race. Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup. “One minute you’re joking around at driver intros. The Wheldon next, Dan’s gone,� said Dario Franchitti, whose wife, actress Ashley Judd, had to bring him a box of tissues. “I lost, we lost, a good friend. Everybody in the IndyCar series considered him a friend. He was such a good guy. He was a charmer.� The race was only minutes old when Wheldon, who started at the back of the 34-car field and was in position for a $5 million payday if he


Drivers Dan Wheldon, front, and Will Power crash during a wreck that involved 15 cars during the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. had won, couldn’t steer clear of a wreck that started when two cars touched tires. “IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,� IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Associated Press

Donors open wallets for Obama WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has shored up support from mid-level donors in some of the most economically distraught areas of the U.S., even as his Republican challengers have made jobs a central issue heading into next year’s election. An Associated Press analysis of Obama’s fundraising since April found his supporters opened their wallets more often this election cycle in places with the worst unemployment rates. That’s compared with the same period four years ago, just months before the country was thrust into a major recession. The new numbers suggest Republican candidates will have to make a harder sell on the gravity of the nation’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate, an issue that has bedeviled Obama throughout his term. Republicans in Congress have opposed the White House on specifics,

especially tax increases, in a jobs bill aimed at pulling the economy out of a nosedive. While Obama reported this week his campaign and the Democratic party raised a combined $70 million for his re-election bid, similar fundraising numbers totals for the Republican field point to growing support for candidates promising to change the country’s direction. Republican contenders raised a total of roughly $52 million, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney taking the lead in drawing support from across the country. The AP’s analysis found not only a broadening of support for Obama but also a wide appeal for top Republican contenders Romney and Perry. Associated Press

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head coach Mike “The Man” Gundy and look to add flare to the new-look Big 12. After beating A&M 30-29 at Kyle earlier this season, Gundy degraded the locker room with his… whatever that was (youtube “Mike Gundy Dance” to see what I mean) but he knows how to make things interesting against the Ags. Gundy is 4-3 against A&M in his six years at OSU, but only two of those games were settled by more than five points. The problem: The Sooners and Cowboys annually play Robert Carpenter — THE BATTALION each other around Turkey Day. This year’s “Bedlam” Junior running back Christine Michael ran for 105 yards and a touchdown in A&M’s game is in December but 55-28 win Saturday against Baylor. the last time the two played outside of Thanksgiving week their third single-digit loss to was fun and appropriate, was 2004. a ranked opponent this year. I’ve realized that the media No. 2 Louisiana State But when it mattered most, and the fans care a lot more Continued from page 1 University although they’d been bullied about the move than the A&M has a deceptively all day long, the secondary team does. The coaches and just gotta have the guys who intense rivalry with the bayou players are inundated with can make the plays and today rose to the occasion bengals. The Tigers lead the On third-and-goal from SEC questions at every press we did that.” series at 27-20-3, winning the four, safety Trent Hunter conference with reporters Tannehill would go on to and defensive lineman Ben wondering if they’re excited the last meeting 41-24 in the tie a school record with six 2010 Cotton Bowl. Bass teamed up to stuff Terabout traveling to Tuscascoring strikes, four of which Tension thickens as rance Ganaway for no gain loosa, if they have family in ended up in Swope’s sticky the two share a recruiting on a halfback dive. The very Louisiana, or how they think hands. The running game next play, on a season-dethe conference switch affects pipeline in the Houston area. produced 266 yards, and the Although A&M leveled the fining fourth down, Hunter recruiting. rush defense contained the once again catalyzed the play, “That’s next year,” junior playing field by joining the vaunted Baylor ground game Southeastern Conference, the hurrying Griffin into a bad linebacker Sean Porter said. to a meager 50 yards. two schools will still compete throw that sailed over the “We’re all really focused on Yes, they did allow Robfor the same talented athletes. hands of his tight end Jordan this year. We want to stick ert Griffin III to set a new The problem: LSU reguNajvar. Any expectations around and win the Big 12.” benchmark for passing yards larly plays Arkansas the day Baylor had of sneaking a win They proved it Saturday. in a game (430), the third in Kyle Field landed incomThis team is locked-in unlike before Thanksgiving, so it’s time this season an opposing a no-go. plete, just like that pass. any time before, with the quarterback has rewritten his It’s cool though because Starting four yards out of sting of those two losses sepaschool’s record books against A&M and LSU will play each A&M’s own end zone, Tanrating A&M from a perfect A&M. But when the defense other every year as a part of nehill engineered a 96-yard record propelling allows only 1.6 yards per SEC East Division play. scoring drive featuring a big them onward. carry and your opponent is third down completion to Three games into its Big No. 3 Baylor playing from behind, natuJeff Fuller and punctuated by 12 farewell tour, the Aggies This may seem overblown rally they’ll take to the air. Nwachukwu’s first touchsit 2-1. They’re set on leaving after the 55-28 shellacking The fourth down stop at down grab of the season. this conference with a bang Saturday, but Baylor is a sterthe start of the fourth quarter The Bears would not score and Saturday’s ultimate Battle ling candidate for a nonconwith the score at 41-28 for the remainder of the game of the Brazos was only the ference, Turkey Day rivalry. was the biggest play of the and the Aggies tagged on an first act. There is an established haAggies’ season thus far. A extra touchdown the next tred between the two schools; Baylor touchdown would’ve Austin Meek is a senior creative drive, just for good measure. separated by 90 miles and a brought the Bears within writing major. While the SEC chant after conference alignment dispute. six, and one more BU score the outcome was decided When A&M announced its would set the Aggies up for






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OSU head coach Mike Gundy’s dance video has more than 185,000 views on YouTube. plans to leave the Big 12, Baylor threatened to sue because it would destroy the integrity of college football in the state of Texas. Which school official (A&M or BU) wouldn’t want to capitalize on the hate dished out by both sides after that mess? School officials argued through the media. Shirts surfaced on both schools’ campuses mocking each other through the whole process. The infamous “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Conference Deal” billboard emerged in Waco. And besides all that, the two play some pretty good football. Receiving votes: Texas Tech, TCU and Boise State. Tech is too trashy. TCU is too uppity. Boise’s blue turf won’t entice the Twelfth Man to make the 1,753 mile drive every other fall. Receiving NO’s: Notre Dame, USC and Houston. Too cold. Too shady. Too Keenum. Adrian O’Hanlon III is a senior agricultural communication and journalism major and sports editor at The Battalion.

basketball Kennedy leaves team Texas A&M men’s basketball head coach Billy Kennedy has taken a leave of absence due to a medical condition. Kennedy will undergo a series of tests at the recommendation of his physician. Associate head coach Glynn Cyprien will manage the team until his return. Kennedy, in his first year at A&M, expressed disappointment at being unable to attend Maroon Madness — the first practice of the season — Saturday and that he will “be back soon.” Kennedy was hired during the summer after five years as head coach at Murray State University. Texas A&M is tied with Kansas as favorites to win the Big 12 Conference championship in a preseason vote by league head coaches. A&M is one of 12 teams nationwide to make six straight NCAA appearances. A&M’s season tips off at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 against Liberty University at Reed Arena. Michael Gardiner, special to The Battalion




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Lance Armstrong will compete in the XTERRA Worlds offroad triathlon. “XTERRA World Champs next wknd. I’m in! Looking fwd to racing,” the seven-time Tour de France winner tweeted Sunday, a week before the swimming, cycling and running competition in Maui. Last month in Colorado, Armstrong was fifth in the XTERRA USA Championship, finishing the 1,500-meter swim, 17.7-mile mountain bike ride and 6.1-mile trail run in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 25 seconds. The Hawaii event features a 1,500-meter swim, 18.3-mile mountain bike ride Armstrong that climbs more than 4,000 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 6.1-mile trail run that traverses forest trails and beach sand.

SANAA, Yemen — Troops loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces opposed to his rule were engaged in heavy fighting across much of the capital Sanaa on Monday, with rockets, mortars and heavy machineguns being used. The fighting began shortly after midnight and intensified around 3 a.m. local time, with the sound of explosions rocking many parts of the city. There were no overall casualty figures immediately available, but at least

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nation&world Arizona authorities arrest protesters PHOENIX — Authorities in Arizona arrested nearly 100 people after two separate protests in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The 53 arrests in Tucson and 46 in Phoenix on Saturday night came hours after peaceful protests against financial institutions as part of a series of such demonstrations across the country. Police said demonstrators in each city failed to leave parks at curfew. Phoenix police said protesters marched from

a downtown rally to a park that had a posted 10:30 p.m. closing time. “As the park closing hour passed, many of the demonstrators refused to leave,” said police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump, adding that officers told the protesters “to leave or be subject to arrest.” Crump said “a large group remained and refused to leave the park,” resulting in 46 arrests for criminal trespass. Associated Press

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are tickled that we can play that small part.” The pumpkins are pre-priced by size — ranging from large pumpkins to the small ones — priced at $2-$3. “We are going to sell pumpkin carving kits that are cute and kid friendly,” Minter said. “A lot of times, kids will buy the small pumpkins and paint them.” The pumpkin patch is Aggie Habitat’s biggest fundraiser. This event funds mostly all of the materials for the house it will build at the end of the year. Last year the group raised $14,000 from the pumpkin patch. This year, members are aiming for much more. “We get pumpkin deliveries about three

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times throughout the month,” Minter said. “The first delivery is about 15,000 pumpkins.” Unloading the pumpkins takes the entire Aggie Habitat group. Before the pumpkins can be laid down, members set up palettes to put them on. To help, local businesses donate about 150 palettes each year. “In the past [the pumpkins] have all been bought,” Espinoza said. The community plays a large role not only in putting the pumpkin patch together, but also in keeping it going. “A lot of elementary-school-aged kids come, so we have been going over there to get the school involved somehow or to get field trips for them to go on,” Espinoza said. Students can purchase pumpkins Sunday through Saturday. The patch is open until, in Espinoza’s words, “it’s too dark to see the pumpkins.”

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