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2011 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 2011 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cavaliers were led by second-year head coach Mike London and played their home games at Scott Stadium. They were members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Virginia had an 8–5 overall record on the season with a 5–3 mark in the ACC play to finish in a tie for second place in the Coastal Division. The Cavaliers appeared in the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll for the first time since 2007. Memorable moments from the season include: upsetting #12-ranked and undefeated Georgia Tech and defeating Florida State in Tallahassee for the first time in school history. They also became the first team in NCAA history to win road games against the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles in the same season. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where they were defeated by Auburn, 43–24.

2011 Virginia Cavaliers football
Virginia Cavaliers text logo.svg
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Chick-fil-A Bowl, L 24–43 vs. Auburn
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2011 record8–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coachMike London (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorBill Lazor (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorJim Reid (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumScott Stadium
(Capacity: 61,500)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 22 Clemson x$   6 2         10 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         6 7  
No. 23 Florida State   5 3         9 4  
NC State   4 4         8 5  
Boston College   3 5         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal Division
No. 21 Virginia Tech x%   7 1         11 3  
Virginia   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   5 3         8 5  
Miami   3 5         6 6  
North Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Cavaliers went 4–8 in 2010, their third losing season in a row, and first under new head coach Mike London. Despite having an off-season recruiting class among the best in the country, a major upset versus the then #22 Miami Hurricanes, and a near-upset in the week two game versus the University of Southern California Trojans, the Cavaliers were plagued by penalties (ranked 117th out of 120 in the country) and turnovers, and finished 5th in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal division. In the ACC Preseason Poll,[1] they were picked to finish at next to last place in the ACC Coastal division, and 11th of 12 overall. ESPN predicted that UVA would be one of the only two ACC teams (alongside Wake Forest) to not achieve bowl eligibility.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:00 PMNo. 3 (FCS) William & Mary*ESPN3W 40–351,956
September 107:00 PMat Indiana*BTNW 34–3141,549
September 173:30 PMat North CarolinaESPNUL 17–2854,100
September 243:30 PMSouthern Miss*
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCRSNL 24–3043,220
October 13:30 PMIdaho*
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPN3W 21–20 OT39,827
October 153:30 PMNo. 12 Georgia Tech 
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPNUW 24–2147,692[3]
October 223:30 PMNC State
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPNUL 14–2846,030
October 278:00 PMat Miami (FL)ESPNW 28–2140,403
November 512:30 PMat MarylandACCNW 31–1337,401
November 123:00 PMDuke
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCRSNW 31–2145,733
November 197:30 PMat No. 23 Florida StateESPN2W 14–1377,178
November 263:30 PMNo. 6 Virginia TechNo. 24
ABC/ESPN2L 0–3861,124
December 317:30 PMvs. Auburn*ESPNL 24–4372,919
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[4]

PersonnelEdit

Virginia Cavaliers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Ross Metheny
QB Mike Rocco
QB David Watford Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24 NR NR NR 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 25 NR NR NR 
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR 25 NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Media Tabs Florida State as 2011 Favorite". Atlantic Coast Conference. July 25, 2011. Archived from the original on September 7, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "What Gets UVA to a Winning Season?". SB Nation. August 21, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ "Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Cavaliers Box Score". ESPN. October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Football - 2011 Schedule / Scores". University of Virginia Department of Athletics. Retrieved July 31, 2011.