The Hokies (2-1) suffered their first defeat of the season after a furious comeback attempt fell short in Morgantown. Despite the loss, quarterback Braxton Burmeister had a career day, completing 19 of 31 passes for a career-high 223 yards and two touchdowns. The speedster from La Jolla, Calif., also had a career-long 25-yard rush. Wide receiver Kaleb Smith, whose father played for Richmond from 1988-90, had a career-high six receptions for 58 yards against the Mountaineers
Defensive captain linebacker Dax Hollifield led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo) to reach the career 200-tackle mark, joining his linebacker coach Jack Tyler and current Tech staffers Pierson Prioleau and Kyshoen Jarrett on the prestigious list.
Cornerback Jermaine Waller had an interception in his third straight game, the first Tech player to accomplish that feat since Hollifield in 2019. Waller is now tied for the FBS lead with three interceptions and is the only FBS player with an interception in all three games this season.
Richmond (2-1) is also coming off its first loss of the season after the Spiders suffered a 34-27 defeat at the hands of Villanova on Saturday. Quarterback Joe Mancuso completed 18 passes on 32 attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the loss while running back Aaron Dykes recorded 10 carries for 30 yards and had a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Wildcats.
Saturday, September 25 – noon vs. Richmond (2-1); Lane Stadium; head coach: Russ Huesman (fifth season); record at Richmond: 20-21; Career: 79-58 (13th season); Series: VT leads 37-10-4
ACC Network; Play-by-Play: Wes Durham; Analyst: Roddy Jones; Sideline: Lericia Harris.
Virginia Tech Sports Network; Play-by-Play: Jon Laaser; Analyst: Mike Burnop; Sideline: Wes McElroy.