1961 Virginia Cavaliers football
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
1961 record4–6 (2–4 ACC)
Head coachBill Elias (1st season)
CaptainLouis Martig, Ron Gassert[1]
Home stadiumScott Stadium
(Capacity: 24,500)
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#20 Duke   5 1         7 3  
North Carolina   4 3         5 5  
Maryland   3 3         7 3  
Clemson   3 3         5 5  
NC State   3 4         4 6  
South Carolina   3 4         4 6  
Wake Forest   3 4         4 6  
Virginia   2 4         4 6  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] Their win against South Carolina snapped an 18-game losing streak against ACC foes.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 23William & Mary*W 21–6
September 30vs. DukeL 0–42
October 7NC State
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
L 14–21
October 14vs. VMI*W 14–7
October 21vs. VPI*L 0–20
October 28at Wake ForestL 15–21
November 4South Carolina
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
W 28–20
November 18at Navy*L 3–13
November 25Maryland
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA (rivalry)
W 28–16
December 2at North CarolinaL 0–24
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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