For their past four games the UTEP Miners appeared to be moving closer to their first win since the 2017 season and then they ran into the UAB Blazers. The Blazers, in their second season back since shutting down their football program, has emerged as one of the best teams in Conference USA. Following a 19-0 win at UTEP the Blazers improved to 5-0 in the conference and 7-1 overall. UAB leads the Western Division and 4-0 Florida International tops the Eastern Division.
The UTEP loss was the Miners’ 20th straight and their eighth this season. The Miners have four more chances to stop the longest current losing streak in FBS football and their best shot is Saturday, November 3 at Rice. The 1-8 Owls opened up the season with a 31-28 win over FCS Prairie View and since then they have lost eight games in a row.
UTEP’s defense held UAB to 92 passing yards, but yielded 267 on the ground. Former Toombs County Bulldog Jamar Smith, who started at middle linebacker, was UTEP’s second leading tackler with three solo stops and seven assists. He also hit double-digits in tackles with 11 against North Texas State. Jamar Smith Page
3rd and 8 at UAB27 ERDELY, A.J. sideline pass incomplete to UBOSI, Xavier, QB hurry by SMITH, Jamar
1st and 10 at UAB37 WILSON, Andre rush right for 14 yards to the UTEP49, 1ST DOWN UAB (SMITH, Jamar), PENALTY UTEP personal foul (SMITH, Jamar) 15 yards to the UTEP34, 1ST DOWN UAB
2nd and 1 at UTEP40 ERDELY, A.J. screen pass complete to PITTMAN, Hayden for 5 yards to the UTEP35, 1ST DOWN UAB (HOTCHKINS, A.J.; SMITH, Jamar)
3rd and 1 at UTEP26 STREET, Jarrion rush up middle for 2 yards to the UTEP24, 1ST DOWN UAB (SMITH, Jamar; ORTEGA, Josh)
2nd and 8 at UAB14 STANLEY, L. rush left for 1 yard to the UAB15 (HOTCHKINS, A.J.; SMITH, Jamar)
1st and 10 at UAB23 BROWN, Spencer rush up middle for 4 yards to the UAB27 (HOTCHKINS, A.J.;SMITH, Jamar)
2nd and 20 at UAB13 JOHNSTON III, T pass complete to BROWN, Spencer for 5 yards to the UAB18 (SMITH, Jamar)
2nd and 11 at UAB47 JOHNSTON III, T rush up middle for 6 yards to the UTEP47 (SMITH, Jamar)
2nd and 6 at UTEP36 BROWN, Spencer rush over left guard for 2 yards to the UTEP34 (TUPOU, Sione; SMITH, Jamar)
1st and 10 at UAB18 BROWN, Spencer rush up middle for 3 yards to the UAB21 (SMITH, Jamar; GRIFFIN, Kalaii)
Jamar Smith Defensive Statistics
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