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Virginia Tech suffered a disappointing 23-16 loss at Wake Forest in what was there worst performance of the season by far despite being at their healthiest to date. Turnovers, penalties, missed field goals, sloppy play, and mental mistakes all combined to doom the Hokies against a Wake Forest team that pounced on those opportunities.
However, there were still some solid performances with a pair of players earning this week's Hokies of the Game honors.
Offensive Hokie of the Game: Khalil Herbert
Khalil Herbert may have been held under 100 rushing yards for the first time this season, but he still found ways to make a difference and once again had over 100 total yards of offense.
Herbert had 64 yards on 14 carries while also turning 2 catches into 39 yards as Wake Forest was able to slow him down, but not completely contain him. While they may have cooled his Heisman talk, Herbert at least helped keep the Hokies going in the right direction offensively.
Looking ahead, expect teams to continue to prioritize containing Herbert as a key defensive strategy because completely stopping him is just about impossible.
Tre Turner finally was more incorporated in the offense and had his best receiving game of the season with 5 catches for 61 yards, both of which were team highs. Meanwhile, James Mitchell had the lone touchdown reception among his 3 catches for 51 yards.
Defensive Hokie of the Game: Amare Barno
Amare Barno may have just moved to defensive end during fall camp and missed time due to injury during it, but Barno is looking like a natural playmaker on the edge for the Hokies.
Barno entered Saturday's game with 5 tackles for loss in his first 4 games and added 3 more out of his 6 total tackles as he was a playmaker even during what was a tough game for the Hokies. His 3 tackles for loss was a single-game high for the former JUCO standout as he continues to impress at his new position.
Barno always seemed like someone who could eventually move to defensive end from linebacker and be molded into a star which is what we are seeing playing out. If he keeps playing like this, Tech is going to have a hard time not making a lineup change to make him a starter at defensive end.
Chamarri Conner has been arguably Tech's best defensive player this season once again leading the Hokies with 10 tackles this week including 1 for loss. Rayshard Ashby also had a better game this week with 7 tackles including 2 for loss, 1 of which was a sack.