Jamar tallies a FBS career-high 11 tackles as UTEP comes up 4 points shy of a win

Jamar Smith gets in position to tackle Evan Johnson

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Jamar Smith has played in 18 games for the UTEP Miners and he still hasn’t experienced the thrill of victory since he signed with the FBS Conference USA school after two seasons at Holmes Community College. The Miners 18 game losing streak is the longest current losing streak in the FBS (Division 1). However, the Miners are getting closer to that first victory. In their last three games they have lost by seven points at home to New Mexico State, nine at UTSA and on Saturday night, in their Homecoming Game, by a mere three points- 27-24- to North Texas State. The Mean Green is 5-1. Their only loss was to Louisiana Tech 29-27 and their biggest win was 44-17 at Arkansas.

The Miners, who were playing without their number one quarterback due to an injury, took a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter on a 29-yard pass from Ryan Metz. The game was tied at 10-all half. UNT kicked a field goal and scored a touchdown in the third quarter and opened up a 20-10 lead. However, UTEP scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Metz and a 67-yard pass by the senior QB who is a hometown boy from El Paso. After each score UTEP trailed by three-points. The Miners had a 53-yard field goal blocked in the third quarter and they dropped a catchable pass in the fourth quarter which would have set them up around midfield on their final offensive possession.

Jamar, who once again started at middle linebacker, had his most active game as a Miner. He was involved in 11 tackles- 6 solo and five assists- his FBS career high. His collegiate best is 15 tackles for Holmes on October 13, 2016 when he recorded 12 solo and three assists against Copiah-Lincoln. He also had 12 tackles in two other games that season. Jamar Smith Page

“We showed them much more than they expected,” Smith told KVIA-TV. “And anybody else we’re going against, they should expect the same thing.”

First Quarter

1st and 10 at UTEP44 TORREY, DeAndre rush for no gain to the UTEP44 (SMITH, Jamar)

Second Quarter

3rd and 7 at UTEP36 JOHNSON, Evan rush for 6 yards to the UTEP30 (SMITH, Jamar; RICHARDSON, C.)

1st and 10 at UNT42 TORREY, DeAndre rush for no gain to the UNT42 (SMITH, Jamar)

Third Quarter

1st and 10 at UNT25 TORREY, DeAndre rush for 4 yards to the UNT29 (SMITH, Jamar; REESE, C.J.)

1st and 10 at UNT48 FINE, Mason pass complete to YOUNG, Cudjoe for 4 yards to the UTEP48 (SMITH, Jamar; TUPOU, Sione)

1st and 10 at UNT35 FINE, Mason pass complete to DARDEN, Jaelon for 46 yards to the UTEP19, 1ST DOWN UNT (SMITH, Jamar)

3rd and 2 at UTEP11 TORREY, DeAndre rush for no gain to the UTEP11 (SOTA, Mike; SMITH, Jamar)

Fourth Quarter

2nd and 9 at UNT26 SMITH, Nic rush for 4 yards to the UNT30 (SMITH, Jamar; TUPOU, Sione)

3rd and 6 at UTEP38 FINE, Mason pass complete to LAWRENCE, M. for 18 yards to the UTEP20, 1ST DOWN UNT (SMITH, Jamar)

1st and 10 at UNT18 SMITH, Nic rush for 7 yards to the UNT25 (SMITH, Jamar)

3rd and 2 at UNT26 TORREY, DeAndre rush for 1 yard to the UNT27 (BROWN, Erik; SMITH, Jamar)


2018 Jamar Smith Defensive Statistics

Smith, Jamar – Defensive Statistics
Date Opponent Tackles Sacks Fumble
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
9/22/2018 NM State 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9/29/2018 at UTSA 4 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/6/2018 North Texas 6 5 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 21 19 40 1.5 7 1.0 6 1 1 0