It was a lackluster game for Virginia Tech but they found a way to still get a 21-10 victory over Richmond led by very good special teams and a solid defensive performance. There were a few standout performances on both sides of the ball with a pair of Hokies standing out to earn Hokie of the Game honors.
Offensive Hokie of the Game: Tayvion Robinson
Tayvion Robinson was the biggest star of the day with a dynamic performance in multiple areas that proved critical in Virginia Tech's win over Richmond.
Robinson's biggest highlight came with his 60-yard punt return touchdown, the first punt return touchdown of his career. The timing couldn't have been better as it came with the game tied at 7 in the second quarter after Tech had bizarrely brought in Knox Kadum inside the 10 yard line to get him some experience only to see him throw an interception and Richmond score from inside the red zone on the next play.
However, Robinson's impact wasn't limited to special teams as he had 6 catches for 76 yards with him and Tre Turner being the offensive stars that gave the Hokies the offensive lift that they needed to get out with a victory.
Saturday's punt return TD was a culmination of the fact that Robinson has found his form and then some as a punt return and combined with his receiving talent, can be an All-ACC all-purpose player this season.
Tre Turner was also extremely good against Richmond with 6 catches for 106 yards including a spectacular touchdown catch and a great reception on a 50-50 ball. Jalen Holston led the Hokies with 37 yards on 8 carries while Braxton Burmeister had some struggles but did have some solid stats going 17-27 for 212 yards and a TD plus 35 rushing yards though it was far from his best game as a Hokie.
Punter Peter Moore deserves a spotlight as he averaged almost 45 yards per punt on his 6 punt which includes 4 punts inside the 20, 3 of which were inside the 10 which also shrank his net yards per punt average.
Defensive Hokie of the Game: Dax Hollifield
Dax Hollifield might not fit the natural definition of a breakout player, but he's definitely taken his game to the next level now at his natural mike linebacker position making a massive difference on the field for Tech.
That continued against Richmond as Hollifield had 8 tackles including a sack on Tech's way to victory. Hollifield already has 3 sacks on the season which is a personal single-season record for his career while he continues to be on track to surpass his personal single-season records for tackles and tackles for loss with weeks to go.
Hollifield has found the next level that many wondered if he had in his move back to mike linebacker and definitely looks like an All-ACC caliber player in his fourth season in Blacksburg.
Alan Tisdale also played well leading the Hokies with 9 tackles while Chamarri Conner had 7 tackles including 0.5 for loss. Jermaine Waller was effective more as a tackler this week with 6 tackles including 1 for loss while Tae Daley made a notable impact with 6 tackles including 1 for loss.