2000 Florida Gators football team

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2000 Florida Gators football
SEC Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 37–20 vs. Miami
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #10
2000 record 10–3 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach Steve Spurrier
Defensive coordinator Jon Hoke
Captain Alex Brown
Derrick Chambers
Jesse Palmer
Gerard Warren
Alex Willis
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#10 Florida x   7 1         10 3  
#20 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
#19 South Carolina   5 3         8 4  
Tennessee   5 3         8 4  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 8  
Kentucky   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#18 Auburn x   6 2         9 4  
#22 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 5  
#24 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Arkansas   3 5         6 6  
Alabama   3 5         3 8  
Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2000 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were coached by Steve Spurrier, who led the Gators to their sixth SEC championship, a Sugar Bowl berth, and an overall win-loss record of 10–3 (.769). The season was the team's eleventh of twelve under Spurrier.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–2–2000 Ball State* #9 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL PPV W 40–19   85,095
9–9–2000 Middle Tennessee* #8 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 55–0   84,311
9–16–2000 at #11 Tennessee #6 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN CBS W 27–23   108,768
9–23–2000 Kentucky #3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS W 59–31   85,319
9–30–2000 at Mississippi State #3 Scott FieldStarkville, MS CBS L 35–47   43,816
10–7–2000 LSU #12 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL JP W 41–9   85,365
10–14–2000 #19 Auburn #10 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS W 38–7   85,710
10–28–2000 vs. #13 Georgia #8 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, FL CBS W 34–23   84,404
11–4–2000 at Vanderbilt #6 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN JP W 43–21   32,714
11–11–2000 #21 South Carolina #5 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (HC) CBS W 41–21   85,718
11–18–2000 at #3 Florida State* #4 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC L 7–30   83,042
12–2–2000 vs. #18 Auburn #7 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship) ABC W 28–6   73,427
1–2–2001 vs. #2 Miami* #7 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 20–37   64,407
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


Sources: 2012 Florida Football Media Guide,[1] and GatorZone.com.[2]

Game notes[edit]

Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ball St 7 3 9 0 19
• Florida 12 14 7 7 40


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Middle Tennessee St.[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee State 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 21 17 10 7 55


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 7 10 10 27
Tennessee 3 9 8 3 23


Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 3 14 7 7 31
Florida 10 28 14 7 59


Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 10 13 12 35
Mississippi State 5 11 8 23 47

September 30, 2000

The Florida Gators came into Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi ranked third in the nation. The unranked Mississippi State Bulldogs ran for 351 yards, 172 yards and a touchdown for Dicenzo Miller, and 156 yards and a touchdown for Dontae Walker. Bulldogs quarterback Wayne Madkin also ran for two touchdowns. The Bulldogs compiled 517 total yards of offense.

A frustrated Steve Spurrier rotated three quarterbacks including Rex Grossman. Grossman went 13 for 16 with 231 yards and two touchdowns. All together, the Gators had 494 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Mississippi State won the game 47–35, breaking Florida's 72-game winning streak against unranked teams in front of a crowd of 43,816. After the game, the Mississippi State fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts, parts of which ended up all over campus.

Florida Mississippi State
First Downs 26 25
Rushed-Yards 22-M78 57-351
Passing Yards 494 166
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-23 6-58
Return Yards 73 54
Passes 34-57-1 14-27-2
Punts 1-45.0 7-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-46 10-85
Time of Possession 25:16 34:44

LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 0 3 0 6 9
Florida 7 10 10 14 41


Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 7 0 0 7
Florida 14 21 0 3 38


Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 3 14 0 6 23
Florida 9 8 10 7 34


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 10 7 19 7 43
Vanderbilt 7 6 0 7 20


South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 21 0 0 0 21
Florida 3 28 10 0 41


Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 0 0 0 7
Florida State 14 0 13 3 30


SEC Championship Game[edit]

SEC Championship Game
#18 Auburn vs. #7 Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 3 3 0 6
Florida 14 7 7 0 28



Miami (Sugar Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 10 3 14 10 37
Florida 7 3 7 3 20


Notable players[edit]

Season links[edit]

  1. Schedule/Results - http://gatorzone.com/sched.php?sport=footb&curyearb=2000&submita=1
  2. Roster - http://gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2000
  3. Rankings - http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/polls_1936_present.html
  4. Statistics - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/stats/2000/ffateamstats.html

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 113 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2001. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ^ USA Today

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
  • 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.

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