Jamar Smith leads UTEP in tackles in the Alamodome

Jamar Smith (#29) takes on Spencer Buford- a 6-4 310 pound offensive lineman

For the second time in Jamar Smith’s football career he played a game with a roof over his head. The first time was on December 4, 2016. That was Jamar’s final junior college game and he lead Holmes Community College in tackles with eight in the Graphic Edge Bowl played in the Uni-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Holmes beat Western Community College 28-24. Jamar Smith Page

Jamar Smith tackles UTSA running back Jalen Rhodes

On September 29, 2018 Jamar played in the Alamodome, a much bigger and more famous indoor facility. The 64,000 seat dome for football has played host to three NCAA Men’s Final Fours including the last one played in April of 2018. The San Antonio Spurs used to play their home game there and the Valero Alamo Bowl is staged there each year. In fact Jamar isn’t the first former Toombs County Bulldog to play in the Alamodome. Brandon Sharpe played his final college game there on January 2, 2010 (see below).

Jamar Smith pursues Jalen Rhodes

Smith made his third straight start a middle linebacker and the fourth of his UTEP career. He led the Miners with six total tackles- four solo and two assists.

The Miners are getting closer to stopping FBS football’s longest losing streak which is now up to 17 games. The UTSA (University of Texas- San Antonio) Roadrunners led 24-7 at half. UTEP rallied scoring two straight touchdowns in the second half to make it a 24-21 game. However, UTSA kicked two field goals in the final 3:19 of the game to win 30-21. The Roadrunners are 2-3 after opening up with three straight losses to Arizona State 49-7, Baylor 37-20 and Kansas State 41-17.

Jamar Smith seeks a way around Caleb Cantrell (#53)

First Quarter

2nd and 10 at UTSA44 GRUNDY, Cordale middle pass complete to JOHNSON JR., K. for 8 yards to the UTEP48 (SMITH, Jamar)

Third Quarter

1st and 10 at UTSA44 GRUNDY, Cordale sideline pass complete to RHODES, Jalen for 11 yards to the UTEP45, 1ST DOWN UTSA, out-of-bounds (SMITH, Jamar)

1st and 10 at UTEP27 RHODES, Jalen rush draw play for 1 yard to the UTEP26 (SMITH, Jamar)

Jamar Smith knocks Sheldon Jones out-of-bounds

1st and 10 at UTSA19 GRUNDY, Cordale sideline pass complete to JONES, Sheldon for 8 yards to the UTSA27, out-of-bounds (SMITH, Jamar)

2nd and 2 at UTSA27 RHODES, Jalen rush draw play for 4 yards to the UTSA31, 1ST DOWN UTSA (HOTCHKINS, A.J., SMITH, Jamar)

Fourth Quarter

2nd and 10 at UTSA40 DANIELS, B.J. rush up middle for 2 yards to the UTSA42 (SMITH, Jamar, RICHARDSON, C.)

Jamar Smith- Defensive Statistics

Date Opponent Tackles Sacks Fumble
Solo AST TOT TFL YDS TOT YDS FF FR YDS
9/1/2018 Northern Arizona 0 2 2 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0
9/8/2018 at UNLV 6 2 8 1.0 6 1.0 6 0 0 0
9/15/2018 at Tennessee 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/29/2018 at UTSA 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 14 9 23 1.5 7 1.0 6 1 0 0

Despite Leach controversy

Sharpe & the Red Raiders win the Alamo Bowl

Brandon Sharpe (#92) pressures Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins in the Alamo Bowl

Despite a week of controversy over the status of now former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, former Toombs County Bulldog Brandon Sharpe and the Red Raiders went out a winner by beating Michigan State 41-31 in an ESPN nationally televised Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Defensive Coordinator Ruffin McNeill was named interim head coach. Sharpe had four tackles in the game- one solo and three assists- and the Texas Tech’s record holder for sacks in a season (15) also had four quarterback hurries that lead to two interceptions. Brandon Shape Page

Texas Tech Single-Season Sacks
Rank Player Sacks Year
1 Brandon Sharpe 15.0 2009
2 Adell Duckett 14.0 2003
3 Brandon Williams 13.0 2008
4 Aaron Hunt 12.0 2001
Pete Robertson 12.0 2014
6 Shawn Jackson 11.0 1992
7 Calvin Riggs 10.5 1986
Montae Reagor 10.5 1997
9 Fred Petty 9.0 1991
Aaron Hunt 9.0 2002
McKinner Dixon 9.0 2008

Michigan State’s starting quarterback was Kirk Cousins. The former Washington Redskins QB signed with the Minnesota Vikings in March, 2018 for $84 million for three years.

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