The 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl
was the 38th edition of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly known as the Peach Bowl
and the Chick-fil-A Peach Powl. It pitted the Georgia Bulldogs
against the Virginia Tech Hokies
in a postseason American college football bowl game
in Atlanta, Georgia
. The University of Georgia
represented the Southeastern Conference
(SEC) and Virginia Tech represented the Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC) in the competition. The game was the final competition of the 2006 football season for each team and resulted in a 31–24 Georgia victory, even though spread bettors
favored Virginia Tech to win by three points. In exchange for the right to pick the first ACC team after the Bowl Championship Series
selections, bowl representatives paid $3.25 million to the ACC, while the SEC, whose fifth team was selected, received $2.4 million. The combined $5.65 million payout was the seventh-largest among all college football bowl games, and the fourth-largest non-BCS bowl game payout.
In a game that was expected to be a defensive struggle, Virginia Tech took a 21–3 lead in the first half. After halftime, Georgia answered Tech's first-half success, thanks in part to four second-half turnovers by Tech quarterback Sean Glennon. Virginia Tech's No. 1 ranked defense struggled in the second half, allowing 153 yards (of 200 total) in the final 30 minutes. As time ran out, Georgia held a one-touchdown lead, 31–24, having beaten back a last-second Tech rally. 75,406 people attended the game, making it the 10th consecutive Peach Bowl sellout, the largest crowd to ever attend an event at the Georgia Dome, and the third-largest bowl game in terms of attendance for the 2006–2007 season. Both schools sold out their allotment of 18,500 tickets quickly. 31,922 people attended the Chick-fil-A "fan fest" prior to the game, setting a new attendance record. Virginia Tech's loss brought it to a final 2006 record of 10–3, while Georgia's final-game win earned it a record of 9–4.