1961 Virginia Cavaliers football team

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1961 Virginia Cavaliers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1961 record 4–6 (2–4 ACC)
Head coach Bill Elias (1st season)
Captain Louis Martig, Ron Gassert[1]
Home stadium Scott Stadium
(Capacity: 24,500)
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 20 Duke $   5 1         7 3  
North Carolina   4 3         5 5  
Maryland   3 3         7 3  
Clemson   3 3         5 5  
NC State   3 4         4 6  
South Carolina   3 4         4 6  
Wake Forest   3 4         4 6  
Virginia   2 4         4 6  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[2]

The 1961 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1961 college football season. The Cavaliers were led by first-year head coach Bill Elias and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in last. Despite the last place finish, Elias was named ACC Coach of the Year, becoming the second in conference history to win the award in a coach's first year at the school.[3] Elias, who had been the Southern Conference Coach of the Year the previous season at George Washington, snapped Virginia's 28 game losing streak by beating William & Mary in the first game of the season.[4] Their win against South Carolina snapped an 18-game losing streak against ACC foes.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 23William & Mary*W 21–6 
September 30vs. DukeL 0–42 
October 7NC State
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
L 14–21 
October 14vs. VMI*W 14–7 
October 21vs. VPI*L 0–20 
October 28at Wake ForestL 15–21 
November 4South Carolina
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
W 28–20 
November 18at Navy*L 3–13 
November 25Maryland
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA (rivalry)
W 28–16 
December 2at North CarolinaL 0–24 
  • *Non-conference game
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Cavalier Football Fact Book" (PDF). Virginia Cavaliers Athletics. p. 120. 
  2. ^ "1961 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2016 ACC Football Media Guide" (PDF). p. 122. 
  4. ^ "Virginia's Bill Elias ACC Coach of Year". The Washington Post. December 5, 1961. p. A23. 
  5. ^ "1961 Virginia Cavaliers Schedule and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2018.