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For a change, the spotlight on the University of New Mexico Lobo football team’s opponent doesn’t shine down on a quarterback.
It shifts to the defense. It beams down on Jake Doughty and Zach Vigil, a tenacious duo of headhunting Utah State linebackers, who defend their turf like a junkyard dog guarding a bone.
These Utah State Aggies — or Utags, as the Aggies are better known — do not like running backs. They do not like quarterbacks. They do not like giving up first downs. Doughty had 19 tackles against Boise State. Vigil had 12 tackles.
The Lobos and Utags meet at University Stadium Saturday.
The two linebackers will be looking to greet Lobos at the line of scrimmage and they are good at seeking out their targets.
Doughty, a senior, is No. 5 in the nation with 11.9 tackles per game. Vigil, a junior, is No. 25 with 9.7 per game.
They are at the heart of a Utag defense that is ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 31 in the nation, 29th against the run, holding opponents to 129.1 yards on the ground and 351.6 total yards.
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