NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Four

WASHINGTON STATE alum Husain Abdullah punctuated a huge Kansas City victory against New England on Monday night with a fourth-quarter interception of a Tom Brady pass that he returned 39 yards for a touchdown. What ensued, however, caused something of a Twitter storm.

Abdullah’s pick-six was the final KC score in the Chiefs' 41-14 victory but controversy immediately followed when refs flagged him for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for falling to his knees, which is technically a violation of the NFL’s celebration rules. It seemed rather obvious -- and was confirmed after the game -- that Abdullah, a devout Muslim, was practicing a religious prayer.

Twitter exploded with indignation that he would be flagged for so simple a gesture.

But in a post-game interview with 610-AM radio in Kansas City, a buoyant Abdullah said he thinks he drew the flag for the soccer-style slide that preceded his prayer.

"I got a little too excited," he said, noting that he planned to "prostrate before God" if he snared an interception.

He said he didn't hear an explanation from officials for the flag but laughed when he noted that KC head coach Andy Reid told him on the sidelines "you can't slide."

In addition to the INT, Abdullah contributed eight solo tackles to the Chiefs' victory.

Here’s how other NFL Cougs performed in Week 4:

Deone Bucannon, S, Arizona, Rookie: Did not play; bye week.

Jed Collins, FB, Detroit, 5th season: Posted two special teams tackles in the Lions’ 24-17 victory over the New York Jets.

John Fullington, T, San Francisco, rookie: Did not play; assigned to the 49ers’ practice squad.

Brandon Gibson, WR, Miami, 6th season: The Puyallup native caught two passes — both in the first half — for 26 yards in the Dolphins’ 38-14 win against Oakland. He was targeted four times during the contest.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets, 5th season: Carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and caught two passes for another 16 in the Jets’ loss to the Lions.

Travis Long, LB, Philadelphia, 1st year: Did not play; on injured reserve.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Tennessee, 6th season: The Tacoma native had no recorded stats from the Titans’ 41-17 fall to the Counterfeit Colts.

Jeff Tuel, QB, Buffalo, 2nd season: Did not play; assigned to the Bills’ practice squad.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago, 2nd season: Did not play; on injured reserve with a designation to return.


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