2011 Virginia Cavaliers football team

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2011 Virginia Cavaliers football
Virginia Cavaliers text logo.svg
Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Auburn, L 24–43
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
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#22 Clemson x   6 2         10 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         6 7  
#23 Florida State   5 3         9 4  
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  
Miami   3 5         6 6  
North Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10
† – BCS representative as conference 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 are members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in the Coastal Division to finish in a tie for second place. The Cavaliers appeared in the AP and Coaches poll for the first time since 2007. Memorable moments from the season include: upsetting then #12 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 games at Miami and at Florida State in the same season. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they were defeated by Auburn 24–43.

Previous Season[edit]

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]

[3]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 6:00 PM #3 (FCS) William & Mary* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ESPN3 W 40–3   51,956
September 10 7:00 PM at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 34–31   41,549
September 17 3:30 PM at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPNU L 17–28   54,100
September 24 3:30 PM Southern Miss* Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA FSN L 24–30   43,220
October 1 3:30 PM Idaho* Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPN3 W 21–20 OT  39,827
October 15 3:30 PM #12 Georgia Techdagger Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPNU W 24–21   47,692[4]
October 22 3:30 PM North Carolina State Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPNU L 14–28   46,030
October 27 8:00 PM at Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPN W 28–21   40,403
November 5 12:30 PM at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) ACCN W 31–13   37,401
November 12 3:00 PM Duke Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA FSN W 31–21   45,733
November 19 7:30 PM at #23 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Jefferson–Eppes Trophy) ESPN2 W 14–13   77,178
November 26 3:30 PM #6 Virginia Tech #24 Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ABC L 0–38   61,124
December 31 7:30 PM vs. Auburn* Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN L 24–43   72,919
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

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


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