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1990 Virginia Cavaliers football
Sugar Bowl, L 22–23 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 23
1990 record8–4 (5–2 ACC)
Head coachGeorge Welsh (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Tranquill (4th season)
Offensive schemeI formation
Defensive coordinatorFrank Spaziani
Base defense5–2
Home stadiumScott Stadium
(Capacity: 42,000)
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Georgia Tech 6 0 1     11 0 1
#9 Clemson 5 2 0     10 2 0
#23 Virginia 5 2 0     8 4 0
Maryland 4 3 0     6 5 1
North Carolina 3 3 1     6 4 1
NC State 3 4 0     7 5 0
Duke 1 6 0     4 7 0
Wake Forest 0 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cavaliers offense scored 464 points while the defense allowed 227 points. Led by head coach George Welsh, the Cavaliers competed in the Sugar Bowl.

This Virginia team is noteworthy for having achieved a No. 1 national ranking in the Associated Press college football poll for three weeks during the season, starting on October 16 of that year.[1] The Cavaliers held the nation's top spot through the poll of October 30,[2] but then dropped 10 spots after a loss to eventual national co-champion[3] Georgia Tech the next week[4] and continued to fade after that. It was the first time in the program's history that Virginia had ever earned the No. 1 ranking.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:00 PMat Kansas*No. 15W 59–1035,000
September 84:00 PMNo. 9 ClemsonNo. 14ESPNW 20–746,800
September 151:00 PMNavy*No. 11
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
W 56–1439,400
September 2212:00 PMat DukeNo. 10JPSW 59–024,862
September 291:00 PMWilliam & Mary*No. 7
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
W 63–3540,400
October 131:00 PMNC StateNo. 2
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
W 31–044,300
October 201:00 PMat Wake ForestNo. 1W 49–1423,124
November 32:00 PMNo. 16 Georgia TechNo. 1
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
CBSL 38–4149,700
November 1012:30 PMat North CarolinaNo. 11JPSW 24–1041,000
November 1712:00 PMat MarylandNo. 8
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, Virginia (Rivalry)
JPSL 30–3543,500
November 247:30 PMat Virginia Tech*No. 17ESPNL 13–3854,157
January 18:30 PMvs. No. 10 Tennessee*ABCL 22–2375,132
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

PersonnelEdit

1990 Virginia Cavaliers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Moore, ShawnShawn Moore
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


Team players in the NFLEdit

The following were selected in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL team
Herman Moore Wide receiver 1 10 Detroit Lions
Tony Covington Defensive back 4 93 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bruce McGonnigal Tight end 9 238 Pittsburgh Steelers
Shawn MooreQuarterback 11 284 Denver Broncos
[6]

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