Virginia Tech's 2006 defense honored as one of the Top-25 best in college football history
ESPN released its list of the best 50 defenses in college football history on Friday, and Virginia Tech was well-represented.
The Hokies’ 2006 defense — which powered the team to a 10-3 record — was ranked No. 22 all-time.
Here’s analysis from ESPN’s Bill Connelly:
“The peak of Bud Foster’s era as defensive coordinator. Tech allowed more than 13 points just three times, and in two of three it was primarily the offense’s fault. The Hokies gave up just 264 yards (4.2 per play) in a 22-3 loss to Boston College and a paltry 200 (3.8) in a 31-24 loss to Georgia. Linebacker Vince Hall and this Hokie D deserved better.”
As Connelly alluded to, this stout Hokies’ defense was let down by a floundering offense. Virginia Tech averaged just 4.9 yards per play and quarterback Sean Glennon had as many touchdowns as he did interceptions (11).
Hall led the team with 128 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss. Five different players recorded at least 3 sacks. Four players had at least 3 interceptions that season.
The final result was a 10-3 campaign and a loss to Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Virginia Tech jumped out to a 21-3 lead in that game but only mustered 3 points in the second half.
This was Virginia Tech’s only defense to be honored in ESPN’s top-50 all-time.