Doughty’s 15 minutes of fame

Utah State junior linebacker leveled Colorado State’s place-kicker last weekend after an onside kick attempt late in the fourth quarter of the Aggies’ 31-19 victory.

Not only was Doughty flagged on the play, but the incident put him on ESPN’s Not Top 10 list.

What did Doughty think of being on the Not Top 10?

“It was pretty surreal to be honest,” Doughty said Saturday after the Aggies beat UNLV in their Homecoming game. “Seeing myself on TV was pretty cool. I don’t really have much to say.

“Fortunately, they kicked the ball to me, I guess, and I got the kicker.”

Mountain West commish

Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson was at Saturday night’s Utah State-UNLV game at Romney Stadium.

Before the Aggies beat up on the Rebels 35-13, Thompson held a press conference with the media. He fielded questions and talked about the future of the league.

There was no big announcement by Thompson. He is “optimistic” the Mountain West will be included in BCS bowls as he just recently returned from meetings last week.

As far as football scheduling, the commissioner would like to keep it at eight league games, even though some schools want nine conference contests. Thompson does like the regional rivalries that will continue and be revisited with USU coming into the league.

He also is enjoying the season the Aggies are having.

“It is very nice and has not gone unnoticed,” said Thompson when asked about the timing of USU having its best start on the gridiron since 1978. “... People around the country are noticing, which is good.”

Sanford faces former team

USU running backs/tight ends coach Mike Sanford spent five seasons as head coach at UNLV (2005-09).

During his time with the Rebels, Sanford compiled a 16-43 overall record, including 2-1 against the Aggies.

What did Sanford think about facing his former team?

“Obviously, there are people that I know there,” Sanford said. “The main thing is I’m very excited to be here at Utah State and the main focus of this game needs to be the players, in my opinion.

“Coach A has a saying: Players make plays and players win games. That’s how I see this game and it’s not about me, it’s about them.”

Grand Marshal Curtis

Former Aggie great Kevin Curtis was honored at halftime as the grand marshal for Homecoming.

The former wide receiver, who walked on at USU and went on to become an All-American, played two years for the Aggies. He caught 174 passes for 2,789 yards and 19 touchdowns during his two seasons. His receptions and receiving yards are the second most in school history for a career, while his 19 receiving TDs is tied for fifth.

Curtis was a third-round pick in the 2003 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He spent four seasons with the Rams, three with the Philadelphia Eagles and had short stints the past two years with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.

Aggies in Japan

The 1971 USU team was recognized at halftime for being the first college team to ever play football in Japan.

Coaching great Chuck Mills was in Logan with members of the team that beat the All-Japan team 50-6. A week later the Aggies beat the Japanese All-Stars 46-6. That USU team went 8-3 before heading to Japan.


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