It was a heartbreaking day for Virginia Tech with the Hokies' 15-year win streak over Virginia coming to an end as UVA beat Tech 39-30 to win this year's Commonwealth Cup, clinching a spot in next week's ACC Championship in the process. Despite the loss, the Hokies had some very good performances worthy of recognition as this week's Hokies of the Game.
Offensive Hokie of the Game: Damon Hazelton and Tre Turner
Virginia Tech's star wide receiver duo played like stars today sharing this week's Offensive Hokie of the Game honors.
Tre Turner put up the slightly bigger numbers with 7 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown while running for 25 yards on 3 carries. Outside of his fumble, Turner was a dynamic playmaker for the Hokies with plenty of big plays including his 61-yard receiving touchdown.
Meanwhile, Damon Hazelton was a rock for the Hokies with 7 catches for 118 yards in what was another reminder of how big of a year he could have had if he wasn't injured at the beginning.
The Hokies have the ACC's best 1-2 WR duo by far outside of Clemson and as long as both are back along with the other talented skill position weapons, the Hendon Hooker passing attack should be one of America's best in 2020.
Deshawn McClease had a strong game on the ground for the Hokies with 16 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. Hendon Hooker had a solid, but up-and-down game going 18-30 for 311 yards, 1 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions while running for 44 yards and a touchdown. Tayvion Robinson also played well with 3 catches for 45 yards and a pair of 20+ yard punt returns.
Defensive Hokie of the Game: Dax Hollifield
Dax Hollifield may have struggled early this season, but the sophomore linebacker has found his way the past few weeks with a very good game today.
Hollifield had 9 tackles for the Hokies along with a sack as the North Carolina native was all over the field for Tech and made plenty of plays today.
Hollifield has had plenty of questions about his fit at backer and while he still has had issues in coverage, he continues to bring the type of high football IQ and toughness that has made him valuable. Combine with his high level of intensity and there's no reason why he shouldn't to be the primary backer with Alan Tisdale being worked in as a third guy to pair some athleticism with either Hollifield or Rayshard Ashby depending on the situation.
Divine Deablo made plenty of tackles today leading the Hokies with 11 in a solid performance for the veteran safety. An injury slowed down DaShawn Crawford in the second half, but he had a strong performance on the interior overall with 4 tackles including 2.5 for loss with one being a sack.