2011 Virginia Cavaliers football
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Chick-fil-A Bowl, L 24–43 vs. Auburn
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division
2011 record 8–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coach Mike London (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Jim Reid (2nd year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Scott Stadium
(Capacity: 61,500)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#22 Clemson x   6 2         10 4  
#23 Florida State   5 3         9 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         6 7  
NC State   4 4         8 5  
Boston College   3 5         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal
#21 Virginia Tech x   7 1         11 3  
Virginia   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   5 3         8 5  
North Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Miami   3 5         6 6  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 10, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll

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.

Previous season[edit | edit source]

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,[1] 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.[2]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:00 PMNo. 3 (FCS) William & Mary*ESPN3W 40–351,956
September 107:00 PMat Indiana*BTNW 34–3141,549
September 173:30 PMat North CarolinaESPNUL 17–2854,100
September 243:30 PMSouthern Miss*
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCRSNL 24–3043,220
October 13:30 PMIdaho*
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPN3W 21–20 OT39,827
October 153:30 PMNo. 12 Georgia Techdagger
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPNUW 24–2147,692[3]
October 223:30 PMNC State
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPNUL 14–2846,030
October 278:00 PMat Miami (FL)ESPNW 28–2140,403
November 512:30 PMat MarylandACCNW 31–1337,401
November 123:00 PMDuke
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCRSNW 31–2145,733
November 197:30 PMat No. 23 Florida StateESPN2W 14–1377,178
November 263:30 PMNo. 6 Virginia TechNo. 24
ABC/ESPN2L 0–3861,124
December 317:30 PMvs. Auburn*ESPNL 24–4372,919
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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Personnel[edit | edit source]

Virginia Cavaliers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Metheny, RossRoss Metheny
QB Rocco, MikeMike Rocco
QB Watford, DavidDavid Watford Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Rankings[edit | edit source]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24 NR NR NR 
Coaches' NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 25 NR NR NR 
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


References[edit | edit source]

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