|1981 Virginia Cavaliers football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|1981 record||1–10 (0–6 ACC)|
|Head coach||Dick Bestwick (6th season)|
|Captain||Keith Lee, Todd Kirtley|
|Home stadium||Scott Stadium|
|1981 ACC football standings|
|#1 Clemson †||6||–||0||–||0||12||–||0||–||0|
|#9 North Carolina||5||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1981 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cavaliers were led by sixth-year head coach Dick Bestwick and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in last. At the conclusion of a 1–10 campaign, head coach Dick Bestwick was fired. He had a record of 16–49–1 at Virginia.
|September 12||West Virginia*||L 18–32|
|September 18||at Rutgers*||L 0–3|
|September 26||Duke||L 24–29|
|October 3||at NC State||L 24–30|
|October 10||at No. 9 Clemson||L 0–27|
|October 17||at South Carolina*||L 3–21|
|October 24||Wake Forest||L 21–24|
|October 31||VMI*||W 13–10|
|November 14||No. 13 North Carolina||L 14–17|
|November 21||at Maryland||L 7–48|
|November 28||Virginia Tech*||L 3–20|
- ↑ "2017 Cavalier Football Fact Book". Virginia Cavaliers Athletics. p. 122. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/va/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2017-18/misc_non_event/2017FootballFactBook82-134.pdf.
- ↑ Asher, Mark; Cohen, Larry (December 1, 1981). "Bestwick Is Fired As Virginia Coach". The Washington Post: p. D1.
- ↑ "1981 Virginia Cavaliers Schedule and Results". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/virginia/1981-schedule.html.