Florida Gators football, 1970–79

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The Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football. The University of Florida fielded its first official varsity football team in the fall of 1906, and has fielded a team every season since then, with the exception of 1943. During the 1970s, the Gators competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Florida Field on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.

This article includes a game-by-game list of the Florida Gators' ten football seasons from 1970 to 1979. During the 1970s, the Gators were coached by Douglas A. "Doug" Dickey (1970–1978) and Charles B. "Charley" Pell (1979–1984). Dickey and Pell compiled an overall record of 58–53–3 (.522) during the decade.

Contents: 1970  · 1971  · 1972  · 1973  · 1974  · 1975  · 1976  · 1977  · 1978  · 1979


1970[edit]

1970 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1970 record 7–4 (3–3 T-3rd SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Mike Kelley
Donny Williams
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1969 1971 »
1970 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 LSU 5 0 0     9 3 0
#4 Tennessee 4 1 0     11 1 0
#10 Auburn 5 2 0     9 2 0
#20 Ole Miss 4 2 0     7 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     7 4 0
Georgia 3 3 0     5 5 0
Alabama 3 4 0     6 5 1
Mississippi State 3 4 0     6 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 0 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1970 college football season was Florida alumnus Doug Dickey's first of nine as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey had been the starting quarterback for the Gators under coach Bob Woodruff in 1952 and 1953, and had previously served as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers before returning to his alma mater in 1970. Dickey's 1970 Florida Gators finished with a 7–4 overall record and a 3–3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for third among ten SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–12–1970 Duke* #15 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 21–19  
9–19–1970 Mississippi State #14 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 34–13  
9–26–1970 Alabama #13 Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama L 15–46  
10–3–1970 North Carolina State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 14–6  
10–10–1970 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 38–27  
10–17–1970 Richmond* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 20–0  
10–24–1970 #11 Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee ABC L 7–38  
10–31–1970 #12 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) L 14–63  
11–7–1970 Georgia Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida ABC W 24–17  
11–14–1970 Kentucky Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida W 24–13  
11–28–1970 Miami* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 13–14  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1971[edit]

1971 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1971 record 4–7 (1–6 T-8th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Harvin Clark
Tommy Durrance
John Reaves
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »
1971 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Alabama 7 0 0     11 1 0
#7 Georgia 5 1 0     11 1 0
#12 Auburn 5 1 0     9 2 0
#15 Ole Miss 4 2 0     10 2 0
Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
LSU 3 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 6 1
Florida 1 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1971 college football season was Doug Dickey's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1971 Florida Gators finished with a 4–7 overall record and a 1–6 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for eighth among ten SEC teams.[1]

The disappointing season ended on a controversial note. With the Gators leading the Miami Hurricanes 45–8 late in the fourth quarter of the last game of the season, senior quarterback John Reaves was just 14 yards short of the NCAA career record for passing yardage, but Miami had the ball and seemed destined to run out the clock. At the urging of Florida defensive captain Harvin Clark, Dickey agreed to permit the Gators defense to allow the Hurricanes to score, thus returning the ball to the Gators offense and giving Reaves a chance to break the record. Dubbed the "Florida Flop" or "Gator Flop," the move worked. When Miami snapped the ball from the Florida 8 year line, the Gators instantly flopped to the turf, allowing Miami quarterback John Hornibrook to walk uncontested into the endzone. Florida's offense got one more possession, and Reeves promptly broke the record with a pass to favorite target Carlos Alvarez. After the game, many Gator players celebrated by jumping into the pool at the Orange Bowl's east end zone used by the Miami Dolphins' live mascot, Flipper.

Miami coach Fran Curci was so angered by the turn of events that he refused to shake Dickey's hand. In a post-game interview, he called the actions "bush league" and declared that "what Doug Dickey did shows absolutely no class."[2][3][4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–11–1971 Duke* Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida L 6–12  
9–18–1971 Mississippi State Verterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi L 10–13  
9–25–1971 #8 Alabama Florida FieldGainesville, Florida L 0–38  
10–2–1971 #12 Tennessee Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 13–20  
10–9–1971 #16 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana L 7–48  
10–16–1971 #19 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 17–15  
10–23–1971 Maryland* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 27–23  
10–30–1971 #5 Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 7–40  
11–6–1971 #7 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida L 7–49  
11–13–1971 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 35–24  
11–27–1971 Miami* Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida          W 45–16  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1972[edit]

1972 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1972 record 5–5–1 (3–3–1 6th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Fred Abbott
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »
1972 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Alabama 7 1 0     10 2 0
#5 Auburn 6 1 0     10 1 0
#11 LSU 4 1 1     9 2 1
#8 Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 3 0     7 4 0
Florida 3 3 1     5 5 1
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 5 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1972 college football season was the third for Doug Dickey as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1972 Florida Gators finished with a 5–5–1 overall record and a 3–3–1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, tying for sixth among ten SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–23–1972 Southern Methodist* Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida L 14–21  
9–30–1972 Mississippi State Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 28–13  
10–7–1972 #13 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 42–13  
10–14–1972 #3 Alabama Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama L 7–24  
10–21–1972 Mississippi Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi W 16–0  
11–4–1972 #11 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 20–26  
11–11–1972 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC L 7–10  
11–18–1972 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 40–0  
11–25–1972 #8 Louisiana State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida T 3–3  
12–2–1972 Miami* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 17–6  
12–9–1972 #16 North Carolina* Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida L 24–28  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1973[edit]

1973 Florida Gators football
Tangerine Bowl, L 7–16 v. Miami (Ohio)
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #20
1973 record 7–5 (3–4 T-5th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain David Hitchcock
Vince Kendrick
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1972 1974 »
1973 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Alabama 8 0 0     11 1 0
#13 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     6 5 0
#19 Tennessee 3 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 3 4 0     7 4 1
Florida 3 4 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 4 0     5 6 0
Auburn 2 5 0     6 6 0
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     5 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1973 college football season was Doug Dickey's fourth as the Florida Gators football team's head coach. Dickey's 1973 Florida Gators finished with a 7–5 overall record and a 3–4 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, tying for fifth among ten SEC teams.[1]

The Tangerine Bowl was moved up the Turnpike from Orlando to Gainesville as the then 17,000-seat Citrus Bowl was too small to accommodate the Florida crowd. The fans were greeted by a record cold snap, with gametime temperatures at 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius); the cold weather benefited the visiting Miami (Ohio) team which won 16-7.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–15–1973 Kansas State* #14 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 21–10  
9–22–1973 Southern Mississippi* #15 Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida W 14–13  
9–29–1973 Mississippi State #16 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi L 12–33  
10–6–1973 #10 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana L 3–24  
10–13–1973 #3 Alabama Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 14–35  
10–20–1973 Mississippi Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) L 10–13  
11–3–1973 #19 Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama W 12–8  
11–10–1973 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC W 11–10  
11–17–1973 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 20–18  
11–24–1973 Miami* Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida W 14–7  
12–1–1973 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 49–0  
12–22–1973 #15 Miami (Ohio)* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Tangerine Bowl) MTN L 7–16  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1974[edit]

1974 Florida Gators football
Sugar Bowl, L 10–13 v. Nebraska
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #15
1974 record 8–4 (3–3 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Lee McGriff
Ralph Ortega
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1973 1975 »
1974 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
#8 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 2 0     6 6 0
#17 Mississippi State 3 3 0     9 3 0
#15 Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 5 0
#20 Tennessee 2 3 1     7 3 2
Vanderbilt 2 3 1     7 3 2
LSU 2 4 0     5 5 1
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1974 college football season was Doug Dickey's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1974 Florida Gators finished with an 8–4 overall record and a 3–3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for fourth among ten SEC teams.[1] Powered by a strong backfield that included Tony Green and Jimmy DuBose, Dickey employed the wishbone offense for the first season in the Gators' history.[5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–14–1974 California* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 21–17  
9–21–1974 #14 Maryland* Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida W 17–10  
9–28–1974 Mississippi State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 29–13  
10–5–1974 Louisiana State #13 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 24–14  
10–12–1974 Vanderbilt #8 Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee L 10–24  
10–19–1974 Florida State* #14 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 24–14  
10–26–1974 Duke* #12 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 30–13  
11–2–1974 #5 Auburn #11 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 25–14  
11–9–1974 Georgia #6 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida L 16–17  
11–16–1974 Kentucky #9 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky ABC L 24–41  
11–30–1974 Miami* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 31–7  
12–31–1974 #8 Nebraska* #18 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 10–13  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1975[edit]

1975 Florida Gators football
Gator Bowl, L 0–13 v. Maryland
Conference Southeastern Conference
1975 record 9–3 (5–1 T-2nd SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Jimmy DuBose
Sammy Green
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1974 1976 »
1975 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
Florida 5 1 0     9 3 0
#19 Georgia 5 1 0     9 3 0
Ole Miss 5 1 0     6 5 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     7 4 0
Mississippi State 1 4 1     6 4 1
Auburn 1 4 1     3 6 2
LSU 1 5 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 0 6 0     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
  • Mississippi State later forfeited all 1975 wins and one tie due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1975 college football season was Doug Dickey's sixth and most successful season as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1975 Florida Gators finished with a 9–3 overall record and a 5–1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, tying for second among ten SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–13–1975 Southern Methodist* #19 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 40–14  
9–20–1975 North Carolina State* #13 Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina L 7–8  
9–27–1975 Mississippi State #19 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi W 27–10  
10–4–1975 Louisiana State #20 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 34–6  
10–11–1975 Vanderbilt #18 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 35–0  
10–18–1975 Florida State* #14 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 34–8  
10–25–1975 Duke* #12 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 24–16  
11–1–1975 Auburn #11 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama W 31–14  
11–8–1975 Georgia #11 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC L 7–10  
11–15–1975 Kentucky #14 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 48–7  
11–29–1975 Miami* #13 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida W 15–11  
12–29–1975 #17 Maryland* #13 Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Fla. (Gator Bowl) ABC L 0–13  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1976[edit]

1976 Florida Gators football
Sun Bowl, L 14–37 v. Texas A&M
Conference Southeastern Conference
1976 record 8–4 (4–2 4th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Darrell Carpenter
Alvin Cowens
Jimmy Fisher
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1975 1977 »
1976 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Georgia 5 1 0     10 2 0
#11 Alabama 5 2 0     9 3 0
#20 Mississippi State 4 2 0     9 2 0
Florida 4 2 0     8 4 0
Kentucky 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0     5 6 0
LSU 2 4 0     6 4 1
Tennessee 2 4 0     6 5 0
Auburn 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
  • Mississippi State later forfeited all 1976 wins due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1976 college football season was the seventh for Doug Dickey as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1976 Florida Gators finished with an 8–4 overall record and a 4–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing fourth among ten SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–11–1976 North Carolina* #18 Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida L 21–24  
9–18–1976 Houston* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 49–14  
9–25–1976 Mississippi State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 34–30  
10–2–1976 #11 Louisiana State #19 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 28–23  
10–16–1976 Florida State* #12 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 33–26  
10–23–1976 Tennessee #11 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee W 20–18  
10–30–1976 Auburn #12 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 24–19  
11–6–1976 #7 Georgia #10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC L 27–41  
11–13–1976 Kentucky #15 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky L 9–28  
11–20–1976 Rice* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 50–22  
11–27–1976 Miami* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida W 19–10  
1–2–1977 #10 Texas A&M* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, Texas (Sun Bowl) CBS L 14–37  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1977[edit]

1977 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1977 record 6–4–1 (3–3 5th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Wes Chandler
Scott Hutchinson
Charlie Williams
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Alabama 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Kentucky 6 0 0     10 1 0
LSU 4 2 0     8 4 0
Auburn 4 2 0     5 6 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 6 0
Tennessee 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
  • Kentucky ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation. Mississippi State later forfeited all 1977 wins due to NCAA violations.
    Rankings from AP Poll


Season overview[edit]

The 1977 college football season was Doug Dickey's eighth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1977 Florida Gators finished with a 6–4–1 overall record and a 3–3 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, placing fifth among ten SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–17–1977 Rice* #19 Rice StadiumHouston, Texas W 48–3  
9–24–1977 #12 Mississippi State #13 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi ABC W 24–22  
10–1–1977 Louisiana State #9 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana L 14–36  
10–8–1977 #15 Pittsburgh* #20 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida T 17–17  
10–22–1977 Tennessee #19 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 27–17  
10–29–1977 Auburn #18 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 14–29  
11–5–1977 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC W 22–17  
11–12–1977 #7 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 7–14  
11–19–1977 Utah* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 38–29  
11–26–1977 Miami* Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida W 31–14  
12–3–1977 #19 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida ABC L 9–37  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1978[edit]

1978 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1978 record 4–7 (3–3 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Mike DuPree
Don Swafford
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama 6 0 0     11 1 0
#16 Georgia 5 0 1     9 2 1
Auburn 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 3 3 0     8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     5 5 1
Florida 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     6 5 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     4 6 1
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Season overview[edit]

The 1978 college football season was Doug Dickey's ninth and last year as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1978 Florida Gators finished with a 4–7 overall record and a 3–3 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, tying for fourth among ten SEC teams.[1] After leaving Florida, Doug Dickey later became the long-time athletic director of the University of Tennessee's Volunteers sports program, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2003.[6]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–16–1978 Southern Methodist* Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida L 25–35  
9–30–1978 Mississippi State Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 34–0  
10–7–1978 #11 Louisiana State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 21–34  
10–14–1978 #7 Alabama Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama L 12–23  
10–21–1978 U.S. Military Academy* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 31–7  
10–28–1978 Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, Georgia ABC L 13–17  
11–4–1978 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 31–7  
11–11–1978 #11 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida L 22–24  
11–18–1978 Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky W 18–16  
11–25–1978 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida L 21–38  
12–2–1978 Miami* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 21–22  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1979[edit]

1979 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1979 record 0–10–1 (0–6 10th SEC)
Head coach Charley Pell
Offensive coordinator Denny Aldrich
Defensive coordinator Dwight Adams
Captain Bill Bennek
Nap Green
Chuck Hatch
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama 6 0 0     12 0 0
Georgia 5 1 0     6 5 0
#16 Auburn 4 2 0     8 3 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
Florida 0 6 0     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Season overview[edit]

The 1979 college football season was Charley Pell's first of six as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell arrived in Gainesville with a new plan for building the Gators football program—new offensive and defensive schemes, new assistant coaches, a new attitude and new boosters fund-raising model to support the program and improve the stadium and training facilities. Pell's plan would produce many on-the-field victories over the next five years, but his first campaign as the Gators coach produced the most losses in any single season in Gators football history, ending with a winless 0–10–1 overall record and a 0–6 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team, which was plagued by injuries, placed dead last among ten SEC teams.[1] This was the last time until 2013 that Florida fielded a team with a losing record.

The 1979 Florida team had 4 starting quarterbacks: Tim Groves, Tyrone Young, Johnell Brown and Larry Ochab, and John Brantley also played at quarterback, though he did not start. Brantley was supposed to be the starting quarterback, but he was injured in the preseason.

The next year, in 1980, the Florida Gators made a remarkable turnaround. They won the first three games of that season before a loss to Louisiana State crushed Florida's hopes of being undefeated, but they ended the regular season with 7 wins and 4 losses, and in the Tangerine bowl they defeated Maryland 35-20 to improve to 8-4. At the time, this Florida season was an NCAA record turnaround, and this was the first team to make a bowl game after being winless the previous season.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–15–1979 #13 Houston* Jeppesen StadiumHouston, Texas L 10–14  
9–22–1979 Georgia Tech* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida T 7–7  
9–29–1979 Mississippi State Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi L 10–24  
10–6–1979 #17 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana L 3–20  
10–13–1979 #2 Alabama Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 0–40  
10–27–1979 Tulsa* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) L 10–20  
11–3–1979 #20 Auburn Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 13–19  
11–10–1979 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC L 10–33  
11–17–1979 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 3–31  
11–24–1979 #5 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida ABC L 16–27  
12–1–1979 Miami* Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida L 24–30  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 2012 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Paul Lukas, "The stories behind the 1971 Gator Flop," ESPN.com (September 16, 2010). Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Mell, Randall (Dec 20, 2000). ""It was humiliating"". Orlando Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Contemporary TV coverage of Florida Flop (youtube)". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Tom Cornelison, "Florida Wishbone Here To Stay," Sarasota Journal, p. 3C (September 16, 1974). Retrieved April 30, 2011.
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