1913 Florida Gators football team

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1913 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1913 record 4–3 (2–2 9th SIAA)
Head coach George E. Pyle
Captain Louis Tenney
Seasons
« 1912 1914 »
1913 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Auburn $ 8 0 0     8 0 0
Mississippi A&M 5 1 1     6 1 1
Georgia 3 1 0     6 2 0
Vanderbilt 3 1 0     5 3 0
Georgia Tech 5 2 0     7 2 0
Alabama 4 3 0     6 3 0
LSU 1 1 2     6 1 2
Sewanee 2 2 0     4 3 0
Florida 2 2 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 4 0     4 4 0
Mississippi College 1 2 0     6 3 0
Tennessee 1 3 0     6 3 0
The Citadel 0 4 1     3 4 2
Mercer 0 4 1     2 5 1
Kentucky 0 1 0     6 2 0
Texas A&M 0 1 1     3 4 2
Central 0 2 0     2 5 0
Tulane 0 4 0     3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

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[1] and their fourth year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) with a conference record of 2–2.[2]

The 144–0 defeat of Florida Southern is the largest in school history.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 6 Florida Southern* University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 144–0  
October 11 at Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, 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  
*Non-conference game.

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Florida Southern[edit]

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.[3][4] 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.[5] It was freshman Farrior's first game at Florida.

Auburn[edit]

Florida at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Auburn 13 21 7 14 55

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.[6] Captain Kirk Newell retired in the third period due to the heat.[6]

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).[6]

Maryville[edit]

In the third week of play, Florida overwhelmed the Maryville Scots 39–0 using several forward passes.[7] Price made two field goals, including one of 40 yards.[7]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Georgia Tech at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Ga. Tech 0 0 7 6 13
Florida 3 0 0 0 3

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.[9] Florida scored first with a 30-yard placekick field goal from Price.[8] In the third quarter, a 25-yard pass from Homer Cook to Cushman netted a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.[8] Cook scored again in the final period.[8]

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).[8]

South Carolina[edit]

The South Carolina Gamecocks beat Florida 13–0 in a steady rain. The Gamecocks resorted to using trick plays.[10]

The Citadel[edit]

The Citadel at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
The Citadel 0 7 0 6 13
Florida 12 0 6 0 18

The Gators defeated The Citadel 18–13 in a close game.[11] Buie and Hester scored in the first period. Citadel came back in the second quarter with a long pass from Weeks to Bolton.[11] In the third quarter, Buie blocked a Citadel kick, leading to another touchdown.[11] Another pass got Citadel's final touchdown.[11]

Mercer[edit]

The Gators also defeated the Mercer Baptists, 24–0, for their first win in six games against the Baptists. Captain Tenney was the feature of the contest.[12]

Postseason[edit]

George Pyle finished his five-year tenure as the coach of the Florida Gators with an overall record of 26–7–3.[13] After leaving Florida, Pyle became the athletic director of the West Virginia Mountaineers.[14] John Sutton was elected captain for next season.

Personnel[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Sam Buie end
Cappleman guard
James Coarsey tackle
W. H. Crom guard
Rex Farrior guard Hillsborough 5'9" 168 17
Henry Freeman end
Roy Hancock tackle
W. B. Henderson end
Daddy Lotspiech guard 5'10" 165 22
J. A. Miller end
T. E. Price center
John Sutton tackle 6'0" 185 22
F. M. Swanson center

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Trux Bullock fullback
Paul Burnett halfback
Harvey Hester halfback
Jack Lawless fullback
George Moseley quarterback
Rammy Ramsdell quarterback Hillsborough 5'10" 148 19
Alex Shaw halfback
Joe Swanson fullback 6'0" 165 20
Louis E. Tenny halfback

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Roger Saylor, "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association," College Football Historical Society, The LA84 Foundation (1993). Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "In 1913 game, Gator star had an assumed name". The Evening Independent. November 16, 1984. 
  4. ^ Robbie Andreu. "No. 74 FLORIDA 144, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 0". 
  5. ^ McEwen, p. 56
  6. ^ a b c d "Florida Is Easy For Auburn Team". The Atlanta Constitution. October 12, 1913. p. 8. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ a b "Florida 39, Maryville 0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 19, 1913. p. 10. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ a b c d e f "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.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Whiffs". The Atlanta Constitution. October 28, 1913. p. 8. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "South Carolina 13, Florida 0". The Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 1913. p. 13. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ a b c d "Florida 18, Citadel 13". The Atlanta Constitution. November 16, 1913. p. 10. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Florida 24, Mercer 0". The Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1913. p. 9. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ Horne, p. 105
  14. ^ "West Virginia Is Coming Along Well," The Pittsburg Press, Sporting Section, p. 3 (September 20, 1914). Retrieved March 23, 2010.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Horne, Larry E. (2012). Florida Gators IQ. ISBN 1-4499-8947-0. 
  • McEwen, Tom (1974). The Gators: A Story of Florida Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publishers. ISBN 0-87397-025-X.