1920 Florida Gators football team
|1920 Florida Gators football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1920 record||6–3 (1–3 SIAA)|
|Head coach||William G. Kline|
|Home stadium||Fleming Field|
|1920 SIAA football standings|
|Georgia Tech +||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
The 1920 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1920 college football season. The season was law professor William G. Kline's first of three as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Kline's 1920 Florida Gators compiled a marginally better 6–3 overall record than the 1919 Gators, but a lesser 1–3 conference record against Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) competition.
While the Gators improved their series records against traditional in-state opponents like the Florida Southern Moccasins and the Stetson Hatters, they also suffered a shutout defeat by the Tulane Green Wave and lost their fourth consecutive game to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Before the season
Schedule and results
|October 9||Newberry*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 21–0|
|October 16||Florida Southern*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 13–0|
|October 23||Rollins*||(Forfeit)||W 1–0|
|October 30||Mercer||Valdosta, Georgia||W 30–0|
|November 6||Tulane||Plant Field • Tampa, Florida||L 0–14|
|November 11||Stetson*||Palatka, Florida||W 26–0||3,000+|
|November 13||Georgia||Sanford Field • Athens, Georgia||L 0–56|
|November 20||Stetson*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 21–0|
|November 25||Oglethorpe||Memorial Stadium • Columbus, Georgia||L 0–21|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
The Gators got revenge on the Florida Southern Moccasins for last year's loss with a 13–0 win. C. Anderson scored first, in the third quarter. Tully Hoyt Carlton scored the second after a series of forward passes from C. Anderson to Carlton. After the second score, Carlton failed to make the extra point for the only time all season.
Florida's starting lineup against Mercer: Swanson (left end), Baker (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Perry (center), Meisch (right guard), Vandergrift (right tackle) Driggers (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), Carlton (right halfback), Stanley (fullback).
The starting lineup was Swanson (left end), Baker (left tackle), Meisch (left guard), Wilsky (center), Perry (right guard), Vandergrif (right tackle), Briggers (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), C. (right halfback), Merren (fullback).
Florida beat Stetson 26 to 0 in a game in Palatka. The first team played lightly through the first quarter, and then substitutes were used. The field was soggy and hard to play on. The only thrill of the game came when Crom Anderson ran 90 yards for a touchdown.
Georgia's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) champion "ten second backfield" and powerful line rolled up a large, 56–0 score on the Gators. Florida put up a hard fight until Georgia got its first touchdown across, pouring it on from there. Georgia running back Sheldon Fitts was the star of the contest.
Wilsky and Carlton were recovering from injuries suffered in the Tulane game, and during the game Meisch and Vandegrift were carried off. Jim Merrin played best for the Gators.
Florida's starting lineup against Georgia: Swanson (left end), Baker (left tackle), Otto (left guard), Perry (center), Hodges (right guard), Vandergrift (right tackle) Coleman (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), Pomeroy (left halfback), C. Anderson (right halfback), Merrin (fullback).
Florida defeated the Stetson Hatters by three touchdowns using mostly straight football. "The only spectacular play of the game was when C. Anderson ran 80 yards for a touchdown, but unfortunately Florida was offside."
Florida's starting lineup against Stetson: Coleman (left end), Baker (left tackle), Meisch (left guard), Wilsky (center), Perry (right guard), Dimberline (right tackle) Hughes (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), Carlton (right halfback), Robinson (fullback).
Florida's starting lineup against Oglethorpe: Swanson (left end), Baker (left tackle), Perry (left guard), Wilsky (center), Norton (right guard), Hodges (right tackle) Hughes (right end), Carlton (quarterback), Pomeroy (left halfback), C. Anderson (right halfback), Robinson (fullback).
- B. Anderson, quarterback
- Crom A. Anderson, halfback
- Paul Baker, tackle
- Tully Hoyt Carlton, halfback
- Roy Driggers, end
- Herbie Ford, tackle
- Lanky Hodges, tackle
- Ed Meisch, guard
- Jim Merrin, fullback
- Snowball Norton, guard
- Conch Otto, guard
- Tootie Perry, guard
- Bob Swanson, end
- Vandy Vandegrift, tackle
- Count Wilsky, center
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–108 (2015). Retrieved August 15, 2015.
- Scott, p. 255
- University of Florida, p. 119
- McCarthy, p. 19
- "Mercer Bows In Defeat Before Florida 'Gators". The Florida Alligator 9 (6). November 5, 1920.
- "'Gators Trimmed By Tulane". The Atlanta Constitution. November 7, 1920. p. 2. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Gators Put Up Strong Fight Against Tulane". The Florida Alligator 19 (17). November 12, 1920.
- "Place Stetson on Shelf with Second Squad". The Florida Alligator 9. November 19, 1920.
- "'Gators Lose To Georgia In One-Sided Bout". The Florida Alligator 9. November 19, 1920.
- "'Gators Are Beaten By Red and Black In One-Sided Game". The Red and Black. November 19, 1920. p. 8.
- "Florida Wins East Victory Over Hatters". Florida Alligator. November 26, 1920.
- "Petrels Defeat 'Gators". The Atlanta Constitution. November 26, 1920. p. 15. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- McCarthy, Kevin M. (2000). Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
- Scott, Franklin W. (1918). Semi-Centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois. Chicago, Illinois: R.H. Donnelley & Sons Company.
- University of Florida (1921). The Seminole 12.