It may have not been the most exciting or best performance but Virginia Tech did enough to beat Old Dominion 31-17. It was a tale of two halves with a great first 35-40 minutes and a poor final 20 minutes where things got dicey but the Hokies did enough to still have some breathing room.
In what was an overall performance that could be defined as underwhelming, the Hokies did have some standouts with Rayshard Ashby and Tayvion Robinson standing out the most on their respective sides of the ball.
Offensive Hokie of the Game: Tayvion Robinson
Once again, it would be easy to give this award to the receiving corps as a whole, but true freshman Tayvion Robinson stood out the most this week to earn the Offensive Hokie of the Game honors.
Robinson led the Hokies in receptions for the second-straight week and receiving yards for the first time with 4 catches for 64 yards along with a carry for 3 yards. More important may be the fact that Robinson seemed to be picking up first downs every time he got the ball whether he had to make a play after the catch or was already farther down the field.
Robinson has emerged as a playmaker in a Hokies' passing attack that is loaded with plenty of playmakers including Tre Turner and Hezekiah Grimsley who has grown a lot this offseason. Add in the fact that Damon Hazelton hasn't played yet this season due to injury and this receiving corps is scary good.
Turner also had a strong performance himself with 3 catches for 63 yards while Hezekiah Grimsley had 2 catches for 45 yards including a highlight reel touchdown catch that our photographer/videographer Harley Taylor got an incredible view of in live speed and slow motion.
Defensive Hokie of the Game: Rayshard Ashby
After another standout performance, Rayshard Ashby is the Defensive Hokie of the Game for the second-straight week after leading Virginia Tech with 10 tackles.
While Ashby doesn't have the flashiest numbers, there are two main reasons why Ashby is the most worthy this week. One, Ashby continues to consistently to put himself in position to make plays that always seem to be happening in front of him. Second, Ashby has proven to be the best tackler on the team and probably one of the best in America, setting the standard for how the Hokies' defense should tackle, which was met in the first half but not the second.
Ashby is a reminder that not all great football players have great athleticism or size, they're just really good football players. That's what Ashby proves again and again as he continues to emerge as an All-ACC caliber linebacker who could even make a first team depending on how his season progresses.
Jermaine Waller earned a lot of consideration after he put in a great game with 7 tackles and 1 sack while also holding ODU's best receiver; former Hokie Eric Kumah, to only 3 catches for 24 yards with Waller being a sure tackler when he needed to be and very good in man coverage. Divine Deablo also put together a good game with 8 tackles including 0.5 for loss while Chamarri Conner had 4 tackles including 2 for loss, 1 of which was his first career sack, and 2 QB hurries.