A key piece of undefeated No. 7 Miami’s defensive line rotation has been removed from the equation because of a significant medical issue.
Demetrius Jackson sustained an injury to his right lower extremity, per the school, in this past Saturday’s win over Virginia Tech. The school confirmed Tuesday that the defensive end underwent surgery Monday and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, including this Saturday’s huge showdown with No. 3 Notre Dame.
It’s believed that Jackson’s injury was to his right knee.
While Jackson is not a starter, his 7.5 tackles for loss are tied for the team lead. His 3.5 sacks are tied for second on the Hurricanes.
With Jackson sidelined, the Palm Beach Post notes, freshmen Jonathan Garvin and D.J. Johnson will see more action.
Boise State entered Friday as the highest ranked Group of Five team in the College Football Playoff standings at No. 19 in the country but needed a few things to happen for them to make the Mountain West title game and keep alive a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
None of that mattered by Friday night as the Broncos fell to their pesky conference rival Air Force in a 27-20 loss.
Quarterback Arion Worthman completed just three passes for the Falcons but was big as the triggerman for the team’s option attack, rushing for 80 yards and allowing the team to dominate time of possession. D.J. Johnson and Shayne Davern each added a pair of rushing touchdowns as well.
Boise State signal-caller Brett Rypien had an ineffective outing on the road, completing just nine-of-26 passes while avoiding the Air Force pass rush numerous times. Normally reliable Jeremy McNichols was limited all day running the football and finished with 88 yards and a touchdown — most of which came on a 56 yard scamper that setup the score one play later.
The team nearly had a chance to tie the game with just a few minutes left on the clock but Air Force’s defense came up with a fourth down stop from the one yard line to virtually seal the result.
The loss by the Broncos ends any hope they had of winning the division and making it to the conference title game, which will instead be a rematch between Wyoming and San Diego State. As for Air Force, the team completes a 9-3 regular season with the victory that includes yet another Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for head coach Troy Calhoun.