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|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2011 record||8–5 (5–3 ACC)|
|Head coach||Mike London (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Bill Lazor (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Jim Reid (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Scott Stadium|
|2011 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 22 Clemson x$||6||–||2||10||–||4|
|No. 23 Florida State||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|No. 21 Virginia Tech x%||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|Championship: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10|
Rankings from AP Poll
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, 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.
|September 3||6:00 PM||No. 3 (FCS) William & Mary*||ESPN3||W 40–3||51,956|
|September 10||7:00 PM||at Indiana*||BTN||W 34–31||41,549|
|September 17||3:30 PM||at North Carolina||ESPNU||L 17–28||54,100|
|September 24||3:30 PM||Southern Miss*||ACCRSN||L 24–30||43,220|
|October 1||3:30 PM||Idaho*||ESPN3||W 21–20 OT||39,827|
|October 15||3:30 PM||No. 12 Georgia Tech||ESPNU||W 24–21||47,692|
|October 22||3:30 PM||NC State||ESPNU||L 14–28||46,030|
|October 27||8:00 PM||at Miami (FL)||ESPN||W 28–21||40,403|
|November 5||12:30 PM||at Maryland||ACCN||W 31–13||37,401|
|November 12||3:00 PM||Duke||ACCRSN||W 31–21||45,733|
|November 19||7:30 PM||at No. 23 Florida State||ESPN2||W 14–13||77,178|
|November 26||3:30 PM||No. 6 Virginia Tech||No. 24||ABC/ESPN2||L 0–38||61,124|
|December 31||7:30 PM||vs. Auburn*||ESPN||L 24–43||72,919|
|Virginia Cavaliers football team roster|
|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|
- "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.
- "What Gets UVA to a Winning Season?". SB Nation. August 21, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
- "Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Virginia Cavaliers Box Score". ESPN. October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- "Football - 2011 Schedule / Scores". University of Virginia Department of Athletics. Retrieved July 31, 2011.