|1961 Virginia Cavaliers football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|1961 record||4–6 (2–4 ACC)|
|Head coach||Bill Elias (1st season)|
|Captain||Louis Martig, Ron Gassert|
|Home stadium||Scott Stadium|
|1961 ACC football standings|
|#20 Duke †||5||–||1||7||–||3|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1961 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. The Cavaliers were led by first-year head coach Bill Elias and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in last. Despite the last place finish, Elias was named ACC Coach of the Year, becoming the second in conference history to win the award in a coach's first year at the school. Elias, who had been the Southern Conference Coach of the Year the previous season at George Washington, snapped Virginia's 28 game losing streak by beating William & Mary in the first game of the season. Their win against South Carolina snapped an 18-game losing streak against ACC foes.
|September 23||William & Mary*||W 21–6|
|September 30||vs. Duke||L 0–42|
|October 7||NC State||L 14–21|
|October 14||vs. VMI*||W 14–7|
|October 21||vs. VPI*||L 0–20|
|October 28||at Wake Forest||L 15–21|
|November 4||South Carolina||W 28–20|
|November 18||at Navy*||L 3–13|
|November 25||Maryland||W 28–16|
|December 2||at North Carolina||L 0–24|
- ↑ "2017 Cavalier Football Fact Book". Virginia Cavaliers Athletics. p. 120. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/va/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2017-18/misc_non_event/2017FootballFactBook82-134.pdf.
- ↑ "1961 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/acc/1961.html. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- ↑ "2016 ACC Football Media Guide". p. 122. http://raycomsports.com/sports_labs_docs/m-footbl/2016accfbguide.pdf.
- ↑ "Virginia's Bill Elias ACC Coach of Year". The Washington Post: p. A23. December 5, 1961.
- ↑ "1961 Virginia Cavaliers Schedule and Results". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/virginia/1961-schedule.html.