1913 Florida Gators football team
|1913 Florida Gators football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1913 record||4–3 (2–2 9th SIAA)|
|Head coach||George E. Pyle|
|1913 SIAA football standings|
The 1913 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1913 college football season. The season was George Pyle's fifth and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pyle's 1913 Florida Gators completed their eighth varsity football season with an overall record of 4–3 and their fourth year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) with a conference record of 2–2.
The 144–0 defeat of Florida Southern is the largest in school history.
Schedule and results
|October 6||Florida Southern*||University Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 144–0|
|October 11||at Auburn||Drake Field • Auburn, Alabama||L 0–55|
|October 18||Maryville*||University Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 39–0|
|October 25||Georgia Tech||Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida||L 3–13|
|November 8||at South Carolina*||Columbia, South Carolina||L 0–13|
|November 15||The Citadel||University Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 18–13|
|November 27||Mercer||University Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 24–0|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
The highlight of the Gators' 1913 campaign was an incredible 144–0 victory over the Florida Southern Moccasins. Back Harvey Hester played under an assumed name and scored 7 touchdowns. Former Gator William A. Shands refereed the contest. Louis Tenney scored five touchdowns; Swanson three, Moseley, J. B. Sutton, James Miller, Puss Hancock, Sam Buie, and Rex Farrior had one each. It was freshman Farrior's first game at Florida.
The defeat of Florida Southern was followed five days later by a 0–55 loss to an Auburn Tigers team that would finish its season undefeated and untied. Auburn scored five touchdowns in the first half. Captain Kirk Newell retired in the third period due to the heat.
The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Coarsey (left tackle), Sutton (left guard), Price (center), Bullock (right guard), Ward (right tackle), Buie (right end), Swanson (quarterback), Lawler (left halfback), Hester (right halfback), Tenney (fullback).
Coach John Heisman's Georgia Tech team defeated Florida 3–13. Heisman said the Gators played the best football he'd seen a Florida squad play. Florida scored first with a 30-yard placekick field goal from Price. In the third quarter, a 25-yard pass from Homer Cook to Cushman netted a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets. Cook scored again in the final period.
The starting lineup was Buie (left end), Coarsey (left tackle), Sutton (left guard), Price (center), Lotspeich (right guard), Hancock (right tackle), Henderson (right end), Mosley (quarterback), Tenney (left halfback), Hester (right halfback), Swanson (fullback).
The Gators defeated The Citadel 18–13 in a close game. Buie and Hester scored in the first period. Citadel came back in the second quarter with a long pass from Weeks to Bolton. In the third quarter, Buie blocked a Citadel kick, leading to another touchdown. Another pass got Citadel's final touchdown.
George Pyle finished his five-year tenure as the coach of the Florida Gators with an overall record of 26–7–3. After leaving Florida, Pyle became the athletic director of the West Virginia Mountaineers. John Sutton was elected captain for next season.
|W. H. Crom||guard|
|W. B. Henderson||end|
|J. A. Miller||end|
|T. E. Price||center|
|F. M. Swanson||center|
|Louis E. Tenny||halfback|
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- Roger Saylor, "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association," College Football Historical Society, The LA84 Foundation (1993). Retrieved September 11, 2010.
- "In 1913 game, Gator star had an assumed name". The Evening Independent. November 16, 1984.
- Robbie Andreu. "No. 74 FLORIDA 144, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 0".
- McEwen, p. 56
- "Florida Is Easy For Auburn Team". The Atlanta Constitution. October 12, 1913. p. 8. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florida 39, Maryville 0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 19, 1913. p. 10. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Playing a Defensive Battle, Jackets Are Content To Win, By Two Touchdowns Margin". The Atlanta Constitution. October 26, 1913. p. 9. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Whiffs". The Atlanta Constitution. October 28, 1913. p. 8. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "South Carolina 13, Florida 0". The Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 1913. p. 13. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florida 18, Citadel 13". The Atlanta Constitution. November 16, 1913. p. 10. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florida 24, Mercer 0". The Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1913. p. 9. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Horne, p. 105
- "West Virginia Is Coming Along Well," The Pittsburg Press, Sporting Section, p. 3 (September 20, 1914). Retrieved March 23, 2010.