The biggest crowd Jamar Smith had played in front of prior to September 7, 2017 was probably around 6,000 spectators when the Toombs County Bulldogs and the Vidalia Indians met in their games in Booster Stadium or Buck Cravey Field. After playing two seasons, usually on Thursday nights for Holmes Community College in Mississippi, Smith made his Division 1 debut as his UTEP Miners played at the University of Oklahoma. The announced crowd of 86,076 was roughly 80,000 more than show up for the yearly battle of Toombs County.
The seventh ranked Sooners appeared to be highly motivated against the Miners who entered the game as 45-point underdogs. After all. new head coach Lincoln Riley was making his debut replacing “Big Game” Bob Stoops, who retired after 18 seasons and 197 wins. Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield, who finished fourth and third in the voting for that award the past two years, opened his senior season by completing his first 16 passes. He only played the first half and he completed 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners ran away with a 56-7 victory in a nationally televised game on Fox.
Jamar didn’t start the game at linebacker, but he did hit the field on Oklahoma’s second offensive possession and his first tackle was a one-on-one touchdown saving stop at the Miner 5-yard line. Smith was credited with five solo tackles including three on one Oklahoma drive in the fourth quarter.
(First Tackle) 1-10 at Utep12 Mayfield, Baker pass complete to Anderson, R. for 9 yards to the UTEP3 (SMITH, Jamar).
(Second Tackle) 2-6 at Utep24 Sermon, Trey rush for 6 yards to the UTEP18, 1ST DOWN OU (SMITH, Jamar).
(Third Tackle) 2-5 at Ou20 Murray, Kyler pass complete to Sutton, M. for 8 yards to the OU28, 1ST DOWN OU (SMITH, Kahani;LOGAN, Sky).
Fourth Tackle) Ou 1-10 at Ou28 Sutton, M. rush for 5 yards to the OU33 (SMITH, Jamar).
(Fifth Tackle) 1-10 at Utep20 Murray, Kyler pass complete to Badet, Jeff for 6 yards to the UTEP14 (SMITH, Jamar).