NCAAF Virginia Cavaliers

General Information

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (1954-present)
NCAA Division: Division I
City:  Charlottesville, Va.
Stadium:  Scott Stadium


  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 2 (1989, 1995)
  • Divisional Titles: 1 (2019)

Past Conference:

  • Southern

All-Time Virginia Cavaliers Standings & Records

Passing Yards

  • Brennan Armstrong: 9,034
  • Matt Schaub: 7,502
  • Shawn Moore: 6,629
  • Bryce Perkins: 6,210
  • Kurt Benkert: 5,759

Rushing Yards

  • Thomas Jones: 3,998
  • Tiki Barber: 3,389
  • Terry Kirby: 3,348
  • Kevin Parks: 3,219
  • Wali Lundy: 3,193

Receiving Yards

  • Billy McMullen: 2,978
  • Olamide Zaccheaus: 2,753
  • Herman Moore: 2,504
  • John Ford: 2,399
  • Kris Burd: 2,190

Virginia Cavaliers History

The Virginia Cavaliers are a Division I program located in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is coached by Tony Elliott.
Virginia has played in 21 bowl games, most recently the 2019 Orange Bowl, in which it lost 36-28 to Florida as a double-digit underdog. The Cavaliers’ last bowl victory came the previous season, 28-0 over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl.
Both of those bowl appearances came under Bronco Mendenhall, who stepped down following the 2021 season. Elliott, a former offensive coordinator at Clemson, replaced him and went 3-7 in his first season. Virginia canceled its final two games, including a matchup against ACC rival Virginia Tech, following a campus shooting in which three members of the team were killed.
Virginia has captured two ACC championships, first in 1989 when the Cavaliers went 10-3 and lost 31-21 to Illinois in the Citrus Bowl. The following season, the Cavaliers reached No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time in program history. The other conference title came in 1995 when Virginia beat Georgia 34-27 in the Peach Bowl to finish 9-4. George Welsh, the winningest coach in program history, was at the helm during those years.
The Cavaliers were last ranked during their Orange Bowl season in 2019 when they peaked at No. 18 in the Top 25 poll.
Notably, Virginia has produced a strong pipeline to the NFL, with an alumni base that includes NFL Hall of Famers Bill Dudley, Henry Jordan and Ronde Barber, as well as former standouts Thomas Jones, the leading rusher in program history (3,998), Tiki Barber, Herman Moore, Heath Miller, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Patrick Kerney, Chris Long and Matt Schaub. The Cavaliers have also produced 11 consensus All-Americans and one Maxwell Award winner presented annually to the college football player of the year: Dudley in 1941.

Virginia Cavaliers FAQ’s

What is Virginia’s overall bowl record?

“The Cavaliers have appeared in 21 bowl games, with an overall record of 8-13. They’ve dropped four of their last five appearances dating to the 2008 Gator Bowl.

What is the winningest season in Virginia program history?

“The Cavaliers won a program-record 10 games in 1989. It was their first of two ACC championship seasons under George Welsh. The Cavaliers, who were ranked as high as No. 15 in the Associated Press poll, wound up losing to Illinois in the Citrus Bowl.

Who holds Virginia’s school record for most career touchdown passes?

“Brennan Armstrong threw a school-record 58 touchdown passes from 2018-22. The southpaw, who also tops the school’s career passing yardage chart (9,034), plans to play for NC State next season after transferring.”

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