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1990 Virginia Cavaliers football team

Tennessee, L 22-23
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Coaches #15
AP #23
1990 record 8-4 (5-2 ACC)
Head coach George Welsh
Offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill
Offensive scheme I formation
Defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani
Base defense 5-2
Home stadium Scott Stadium (c. 42,000)

The 1990 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia in the 1990 college football season. The Cavaliers offense scored 464 points while the defense allowed 227 points. Led by head coach George Welsh, the Cavaliers competed in the .

This Virginia team is noteworthy for having achieved a No. 1 national ranking in the Associated Press college football poll for three weeks during the season, starting on October 16 of that year.[1] The Cavaliers held the nation's top spot through the poll of October 30,[2] but then dropped 10 spots after a loss to eventual national co-champion[3] Georgia Tech the next week[4] and continued to fade after that. It was the first time in the program's history that Virginia had ever earned the No. 1 ranking.[5]

Regular season

Season schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 2:00 PM at Kansas* #15 Memorial Stadium (University of Kansas)Lawrence, KS W 59-10   35,000
September 8 4:00 PM #9 Clemson #14 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ESPN W 20-7   46,800
September 15 1:00 PM Navy* #11 Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA W 56-14   39,400
September 22 12:00 PM at Duke #10 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC JP Sports W 59-0   24,862
September 29 1:00 PM William & Mary* #7 Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA W 63–35   40,400
October 13 1:00 PM North Carolina State #2 Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA W 31-0   44,300
October 20 1:00 PM at Wake Forest #1 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC W 49-14   23,124
November 3 2:00 PM #16 Georgia Tech #1 Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA CBS L 38-41   49,700
November 10 12:30 PM at North Carolina #11 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) JP Sports W 24-10   41,000
November 17 12:00 PM at Maryland #8 Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (Maryland-Virginia Rivalry) JP Sports L 30-35   43,500
November 24 7:30 PM at Virginia Tech* #17 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN L 13-38   54,157
January 1 8:30 PM vs. Tennessee* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 22-23   75,132
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Team Players in the NFL

The following were selected in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Herman Moore Wide Receiver 1 10 Detroit Lions
Tony Covington Defensive Back 4 93 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bruce McGonnigal Tight End 9 238 Pittsburgh Steelers
Shawn Moore Quarterback 11 284 Denver Broncos


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