Bill Connelly has rebooted the S&P+ rankings for the 2006 season. Found this part at the end of interest:
In 2006, Virginia Tech pitched four shutouts and allowed seven or fewer points three other times. Miami and North Carolina each scored 10 points on the Hokies; it was tied for the fifth-most Tech allowed in a game. Boston College scored 22 points but gained only 264 yards in the process. Georgia scored 31 but gained only 200.
Virginia Tech’s Def. S&P+ rating of 4.6 adjusted points per game is the lowest of what you might call the S&P+ era (2005-18). Only three other teams have been at even 6.5 or lower (Alabama in 2009, Alabama in 2011, Alabama in 2017). This unit erased you.
Georgia came back from an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Some of that was fueled by the defense, but the offense did find its footing on the way to scoring 28 points from that point on… against, as Bill notes, a more than stout defense.
I still love Uncle Ron’s line after the Charles Johnson sack that led to a turnover: “He could have held.”