1945 Virginia Cavaliers football team

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1945 Virginia Cavaliers football
Conference Independent
1945 record 7–2
Head coach Frank Murray (9th season)
Captain James Walker, John Duda[1]
Home stadium Scott Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
← 1944
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The 1945 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1945 college football season. The Cavaliers were led by ninth-year head coach Frank Murray and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as independents, finishing with a record of 7–2. On October 8, 1945, Virginia made their first appearance in the AP Poll in school history when they were ranked 20th in the year's first poll. They dropped from the poll the following week, but reentered November 5th as they continued a seven-game win-streak. The Tar Heels did not finish ranked, however, being knocked from the polls after season-ending losses to rivals Maryland and North Carolina. Their first ranked finish would come in 1951. Murray left the team following the season to return to coaching at Marquette, where he had coached from 1927 to 1936.[2] He ended his career at Virginia as the school's longest-serving and winningest coach.[3]


September 22Coast GuardW 39–0 
September 29vs. NC StateW 26–6 
October 6vs. VMIW 40–7 
October 27vs. VPIW 31–13 
November 3vs. West VirginiaW 13–7 
November 11RichmondNo. 15
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
W 45–0 
November 17Oceana NASNo. 13
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
W 40–0 
November 24vs. MarylandNo. 13L 13–19 
December 1at North CarolinaNo. 20L 18–27 
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game



  1. ^ "2017 Cavalier Football Fact Book" (PDF). Virginia Cavaliers Athletics. p. 119.
  2. ^ "Murray Returns As Coach At Marquette: Resumes Old Football Job On March 15". Chicago Daily Tribune. March 3, 1946. p. A1.
  3. ^ "Virginia Cavaliers Coaches". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "1945 Virginia Cavaliers Schedule and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 18, 2018.