While the Mountaineers were able to relight a fire and knock off the Hokies on Saturday afternoon to secure the Black Diamond Trophy, there were some professional Mountaineers who also showed out on Sunday in their team’s NFL matchups.
There were only a pair of former West Virginia players that saw actual playing time in the NFL over the weekend as linebacker David Long Jr. helped propel his Tennessee Titans to a victory over the Seattle Seahawks while linebacker Kyzir White and his Los Angeles Chargers fell to the Dallas Cowboys.
Long Jr. who was a 2019 sixth round pick by Tennessee saw his first game action in Seattle on Sunday as the linebacker took down Seahawks ball carriers six times total on the day as well as adding two solo tackles in his team’s overtime victory. Even though Seattle was able to post 30 points on the scoreboard on Sunday, Long Jr. was able to finish tied second on the team in total tackles.
The Titans were able to squeak by for the away win after running back Derrick Henry popped off for three touchdown rushes in the second half alone for nine, 60 and one yard carries. Tennessee moves to 1-1 on the young season and will face off against the Indianapolis Colts next weekend.
Kyzir White was the lone other Mountaineer to see the turf on Sunday as the Chargers linebacker came down with five total tackles and four solo stops even as his Los Angeles team stumbled in their defeat to the Cowboys, 20-17.
The linebacker finished the day fourth in total tackles while Los Angeles safety Nasir Adderly finished first on the team with nine total tackles and eight solo stops.
The closest the Chargers were able to come to edging the Cowboys was when they knotted the game up a couple times in the third and fourth quarters. Ultimately, it was the leg of Greg Zuerlein that proved the difference as the Cowboy booted a pair of fourth quarter field goals from 34 and 56 yards out.
Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys was White’s second game of the year as the former Mountaineer also made five tackles and three solo tackles over the Washington Football team in week one.