Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Army sophomore killed during single-car accident

WEST POINT, N.Y. — A West Point football player from New York City died in a car accident hours after helping Army win its second straight game.

Cadet Brandon Jackson, 20, a sophomore from Queens, died in a single-car accident at around 1:50 a.m. Sunday in Westchester County, north of New York City, according to police and the U.S. Military Academy.

Police in Croton-on-Hudson said Jackson was driving by himself when he hit a guardrail. The accident is under investigation. Police and academy officials did not provide information on where Jackson was headed when his vehicle crashed about 20 miles south of West Point, across the Hudson River from the academy.

Jackson was a starting defensive back and recorded two solo tackles and one assist in Army's 31-14 win Saturday over Rice.

"We will honor his life as we mourn the untimely death of a young man who had a promising future as a leader in service to our nation," West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. said. "Brandon internalized our watch words: duty, honor, country."

Caslen said Jackson was following the example of his mother, an Iraq War veteran.

FLOWERS HONORED: Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers, who threw for a career-best 350 yards and career record-tying four touchdowns in Saturday's 48-17 rout of Northern Illinois, was named American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week. Junior middle linebacker Auggie Sanchez, who notched his eighth career double-digit tackles effort (13), made the conference's weekly honor roll with former Newsome High three-way star Will Worth.

ERROR AFTERMATH: The officiating error that gave Central Michigan a chance to beat Oklahoma State is unlikely to lead to changes in the way officials enforce penalties at the end of games. Rogers Redding, the former national coordinator of officials who sits on the NCAA's football rules committee, said the circumstances that led to the mistake were rare. Also, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said he does not want to play future nonconference games without officials from Power Five conferences.

NO. 5 CLEMSON: Starting receiver Hunter Renfrow will miss at least four games with a broken right hand and will be replaced in the lineup by former Sickles standout Ray-Ray McCloud.

NO. 15 TENNESSEE: Starting linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and end LaTroy Lewis will both be out Saturday with injured ankles.

MINNESOTA: Minneapolis police are trying to determine whether four players who were suspended from Saturday's game against Indiana State were involved in a sexual assault. Coach Tracy Claeys suspended cornerbacks KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford, safety Dior Johnson and defensive end Tamarion Johnson for violating unspecified team rules.

SMU: Quarterback Matt Davis is out for the season with a torn ACL, coach Chad Morris said. Davis was the team's leading passer and rusher last year. The Mustangs host USF on Nov. 19 in the Bulls' next-to-last game of the regular season.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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