1920 Florida Gators football team

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1920 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1920 record 6–3 (1–3 SIAA)
Head coach William G. Kline
Captain Paul Baker
Home stadium Fleming Field
Seasons
« 1919 1921 »
1920 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia + 8 0 0     8 0 1
Georgia Tech + 5 0 0     8 1 0
Tulane + 4 0 0     6 2 1
Alabama 6 1 0     10 1 0
Furman 4 1 0     9 1 0
Centre 4 1 0     8 2 0
South Carolina 3 1 0     5 4 0
Auburn 4 2 0     7 2 0
Tennessee 4 2 0     7 2 0
Mississippi A&M 3 2 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     4 3 1
Sewanee 2 3 1     4 3 1
Transylvania 1 2 0     1 2 0
Chattanooga 1 3 1     3 4 1
Florida 1 3 0     6 3 0
LSU 1 3 0     5 3 1
Clemson 2 6 0     4 6 1
Mississippi College 1 4 0     3 5 0
Howard 1 5 0     3 5 1
The Citadel 1 5 0     2 6 0
Kentucky 0 3 1     3 4 1
Millsaps 0 2 0     0 2 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 3 0
Georgetown 0 2 0     0 3 0
Mercer 0 4 0     2 7 0
Wofford 0 5 0     0 8 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

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 was a former halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, and had previously coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 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. Kline's 1920 Florida Gators compiled a marginally better 6–3 overall record than the 1919 Gators,[1] but a lesser 1–3 conference record against Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) competition.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10–9–1920 Newberry* Gainesville, Florida W 21–0  
10–16–1920 Florida Southern* Gainesville, Florida W 13–0  
10–23–1920 Rollins* (Forfeit) W 1–0  
10–30–1920 Mercer Valdosta, Georgia W 30–0  
11–6–1920 Tulane Plant FieldTampa, Florida L 0–14  
11–11–1920 Stetson* Palatka, Florida W 26–0  
11–13–1920 Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia L 0–56  
11–20–1920 Stetson* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 21–0  
11–25–1920 Oglethorpe Memorial StadiumColumbus, Georgia L 0–21  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Newberry[edit]

The Gators beat the Newberry Indians 21 to 0. The substitutes were sent in at the end.

Florida Southern[edit]

Week 2: Florida Southern at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida Southern 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 0 7 6 13

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.

Rollins[edit]

Florida defeated Rollins by forfeit, who did not show up for the game.[2]

Mercer[edit]

Florida easily defeated Mercer. "Carlton was the outstanding hero of the game. He ran through the entire Mercer aggregation several times for long gains and scored three of Florida's touchdowns.[3]

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).[3]

Tulane[edit]

Despite the loss to Tulane, Tootie Perry played one of the best games seen in Tampa.[4]

Stetson[edit]

Florida beat Stetson 26 to 0 in a game in Palatka.

Georgia[edit]

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.[5][6]

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).[5]

Stetson[edit]

Florida defeated the Stetson Hatters by three touchdowns using mostly touchdowns. "The only spectacular play of the game was when C. Anderson ran 80 yards for a touchdown, but unfortunately Florida was offside."[7]

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).[7]

Oglethorpe[edit]

The Gators made thirteen first downs to Oglethorpe's three, yet lost 21 to 0.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–108 (2015). Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000), p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  3. ^ a b "Mercer Bows In Defeat Before Florida 'Gators". The Florida Alligator 9 (6). November 5, 1920. 
  4. ^ "'Gators Put Up Strong Fight Against Tulane". The Florida Alligator 19 (17). 
  5. ^ a b "'Gators Lose To Georgia In One-Sided Bout". The Florida Alligator 9. November 19, 1920. 
  6. ^ "'Gators Are Beaten By Red and Black In One-Sided Game". The Red and Black. November 19, 1920. p. 8. 
  7. ^ a b "Florida Wins East Victory Over Hatters". Florida Alligator. November 26, 1920.