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Deion Sanders shouts out Marcus Strong after pick-six negated by taunting

Jesse Reed
Oct 8, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; NFL reporter Deion Sanders on the sidelines during the game with the Indianapolis Colts playing against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Strong made a tremendous play in the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl, picking off Brock Purdy and taking it all the way back for six points.

The Washington State cornerback did everything right on the play. He diagnosed the route, jumped it, made the catch and then outran everyone to the end zone. Unfortunately for him, the NCAA cannot stand anyone having any fun on big plays, and Strong was hit with a taunting penalty for looking back at his would-be pursuers (watch here).

The penalty wiped Strong’s pick-six off the board, and his coaches gave him a bit of a scolding on the sideline afterward.

One person who absolutely loved what Strong did, however, was none other than Deion Sanders, who made the look-back move so popular back in the day. He sent Strong a shout-out on Twitter after the play.

No doubt, this will make Strong’s day.

Of course, it also helps that Wazzu ended up scoring off the turnover anyway when Gardner Minshew hit Renard Bell on a 22-yard touchdown pass a few plays later.