NFL Cougar Highlights: Week 10

OBVIOUSLY INSPIRED by Washington State's victory this weekend, Cougar alum Husain Abdullah intercepted two Chicago passes on Sunday, marking the first (and second) time the Minnesota defensive back has recorded an air-theft since joining the big leagues.

His performance was, however, overshadowed by the three pics offered up by his teammate, Viking quarterback Brett Favre. Despite Abdullah's stellar play, the Vikings fell to Chicago, 27-13.

Abdullah's Viking—and Cougar—teammate, Eric Frampton, left the game with a hamstring injury in the second quarter and did not return.

The much anticipated "kick-off" between Cougar greats Rian Lindell (Buffalo) and Jason Hanson (Detroit) was not to be. Hanson injured his knee last week and will sit out the next two or 3 games. It was just the second game Hanson has missed in his 19-year NFL career.

Two former Wazzu defensive backs—Tyron Brackenridge and Karl Paymah—also missed out on knocking heads on special teams when Jacksonville took on Houston, Sunday. Paymah was placed on season-ending injured reserve earlier in the week.Two other Cougar DBs missed out on facing-off from opposite sidelines when Arizona's Hamza Abdullah was declared inactive for the Cardinals' bout with Marcus Trufant's Seattle Seahawks.

And so it was with the potential showdown of two of the all-time greatest Cougar receivers when St. Louis visited San Francisco. Rams' grab-man Brandon Gibson led all receivers with eight catches, but 49er WR Jason Hill was declared inactive for the contest.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week ten:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 6th season: Declared inactive for the Cardinals' 38-16 loss to Seattle.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 3rd season: Picked-off two Chicago passes—the first interception(s) of his NFL career—and made five solo tackles in the Vikings' 27-13 fall to the Bears. He also contributed one special teams tackle.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Jacksonville, 4th season: No recorded stats from the Jags' 34-21 victory against Houston.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 7th season: No recorded stats from the Falcons' 26-21 win against Baltimore on Thursday.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 2nd season : Did not play; assigned to the Saints' practice squad.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 4th season: No recorded stats from Vikings' 27-13 loss to Chicago. Left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 2nd season: The Puyallup native caught eight passes for 72 yards in the Rams' 23-20 overtime loss to San Francisco.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 19th season: Did not play; out two or three weeks with a right knee injury.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Philadelphia, 5th season: The Ghost had his breakout performance of the season, rushing for 109 yards on 11 carries--including a highlight film 50-yard TD run. He also caught one pass for another 15 yards, as the Eagles gave Washington a 59-28 beating on Monday night.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 4th season :Did not play; declared inactive for the 49ers' 23-20 overtime victory against St. Louis.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, rookie : Did not play; bye week.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 11th season: The Vancouver, Wash. native missed a field goal attempt from 41-yards, but was true on two extra-point tries in the Bills' 14-12 win against Detroit. It was Buffalo's first victory of the season.

Karl Paymah, DB, Houston, 6th season :Did not play; placed on season-ending injured reserve (wrist).

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, New York Jets, 2nd season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve (achilles).

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 8th season: The Tacoma native posted six solo tackle in the Seahawks' 38-16 drubbing of Arizona.

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