College football notebook: Big second half leads Ball State over Ohio
Ohio University was outscored 31-10 in the second half and lost for the third time in four games, falling to Ball State 52-27 last night.
The Bobcats (8-3, 4-3) pulled within four points of the Cardinals (8-3, 5-2) early in the fourth quarter on Matt Weller’s 34-yard field goal, but Ball State scored three consecutive touchdowns to earn its fifth straight victory.
Ball State running backs Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks each rushed for more than 100 yards, combining for 304 yards. As a team, the Cardinals rushed for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton completed 22 of 30 passes for 236 yards, but he was taken out of the game during the fourth quarter.
Beau Blankenship carried 21 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns for the Bobcats.
Florida QB Driskel could miss two games
Seventh-ranked Florida will be without quarterback Jeff Driskel against lower-division Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Coach Will Muschamp ruled Driskel out yesterday because of a sprained right ankle, saying Jacoby Brissett will start against the Gamecocks (6-4). It will be Brissett’s third start in two seasons.
More important, Muschamp said he is unsure whether Driskel will be able to play when the Gators (9-1) travel to rival and 10th-ranked Florida State on Nov. 24.
“How much it’ll improve into next week, I have no idea at this time,” Muschamp said. “We feel like he’ll be available, but who knows.”
Muschamp also ruled out kick returner Andre Debose (knee), linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle) and safety De’Ante Saunders (knee). He said defensive back Valdez Showers is questionable with a shoulder injury.
Police search for missing Texas A&M receiver
Texas A&M police say freshman receiver Thomas Johnson is missing.
The department said that the 18-year-old was last seen leaving his residence in College Station on Monday at 5 p.m. Johnson went to high school in Dallas and police believe he might have traveled to that area.
Lt. Allan Baron said that no other details were available.
Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin released a statement expressing his concern, saying: “Authorities are working closely with his family, friends and law enforcement agencies to help locate him … We pray for his quick and safe return.”
Johnson has appeared in 10 games this season and has 30 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown.
ESPN agrees to 12-year deal with Sugar Bowl
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference have agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
A person familiar with the contract said it was worth about $80 million per year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the agreement were not being made public and details were still pending.
The Big 12 and SEC recently picked the Sugar Bowl as the site of it new marquee game, starting with the 2014 season.
The champions of each conference will play in the game, unless those teams are selected for the four-team playoff that also starts that season.
The Sugar Bowl will be one of six sites in the playoff rotation.