Hokies, ACC Sit Atop Defensive Statistics

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Everyone knew coming into the season that the Virginia Tech defense would be
good this year. No one was sure how good, because there were some holes in the
secondary to fill, but the general consensus was that this would be one of
defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s best units ever. They did not disappoint,
finishing first in the nation in total defense.

Despite the loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship Game, the Virginia
Tech defense continues to hold its spot among the nation’s best. Although the
final score would indicate otherwise, the defense played well against the
Seminoles, giving up 272 yards, and still holds the top position in NCAA
Division 1-A in total defense. Tech allows just 239.67 yards per game.

The Hokies shut down the run and the pass with equal effectiveness. Take a
look at how Tech ranks in the following defensive statistics.

Virginia Tech Defensive



ACC Rank

National Rank
Total Defense 239.67 1 1
Rushing Defense 90.58 1 4
Pass Defense 149.08 2 2
Pass Efficiency Defense 91.94 2 3
Scoring Defense 12 2 3

To see an example of how good the ACC is defensively, notice that Tech ranks
number two in pass defense, pass efficiency defense and scoring defense, yet
they also rank in the top three nationally in those same categories. The Hokies
trail Miami in all three categories.

The ACC dominates the total defense category. Ranking after the Hokies are
Miami (3rd), Georgia Tech (10th), NC State (14th), Florida State (15th) and
Boston College (18th). That means the half of the ACC is rated among the top 18
defensive teams in the nation. Clemson also falls in at 30th nationally.

Virginia Tech is one of just 14 teams to allow less than 100 yards per game
on the ground. Two other ACC teams, Boston College and Georgia Tech, also allow
less than 100 yards per game. Miami, NC State and Florida State are very close
to this number as well. The Hokies trail only Ohio State, Tennessee and Kansas
in rushing defense. Three other ACC teams, Clemson, Wake Forest and UNC, reside
in the top 44 nationally in rushing defense.

The Hokies and the ACC are also very good against the pass. Tech is second
nationally and in the ACC, trailing the Miami Hurricanes by less than one yard.
Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech and Florida State all reside in the top 35. The
ACC also places six teams in the top 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Of course the most important statistic of all is scoring defense. The Hokies
rank third nationally in this category, and the ACC places seven teams in the
top 28 and eight teams in the top 34. This type of quality defense helps explain
why the best offense in the ACC, Boston College, finished only 46th nationally
in total offense.

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