1920 Florida Gators football team

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1920 Florida Gators football
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Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1920 record 6–3 (1–3 15th SIAA)
Head coach William G. Kline
Captain Paul Baker
Home stadium Fleming Field
Uniform
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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'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.

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[edit]

Coach Kline was a former halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, and had previously coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[2]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
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 at Mercer Valdosta, Georgia W 30–0  
November 6 Tulane Plant FieldTampa, Florida L 0–14  
November 11 vs. Stetson* Palatka, Florida W 26–0   3,000+
November 13 at Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia L 0–56  
November 20 Stetson* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 21–0  
November 25 at Oglethorpe Memorial StadiumColumbus, Georgia L 0–21  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Newberry[edit]

In the season's opening week, the Gators beat the Newberry Indians 21 to 0. The substitutes were sent in by the end.[3]

Florida Southern[edit]

Week 2: Florida Southern at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
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.[3] After the second score, Carlton failed to make the extra point for the only time all season.[3]

Rollins[edit]

Florida defeated Rollins by forfeit, who did not show up for the game.[4]

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.[5]

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).[5]

Tulane[edit]

Week 5: Tulane at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 0 0 0 14 14
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

Sources[6]

The Gators were beaten 14 to 0 by Tulane after the Gators had outplayed them for two periods.[6] Despite the loss, Tootie Perry played one of the best games seen in Tampa.[7]

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).[6]

Stetson[edit]

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.[8]

Georgia[edit]

Week 7: Florida at Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 7 28 14 7 56
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Sanford Field
    Athens, GA
  • Referee: W. R. Tichenor

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.[9][10]

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).[9]

Stetson[edit]

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."[11]

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).[11]

Oglethorpe[edit]

Week 9: Florida at Oglethorpe
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Oglethorpe 7 7 7 0 21
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
    Columbus, GA

The Gators made thirteen first downs to Oglethorpe's three, yet lost 21 to 0. Oglethorpe made its first two touchdowns off fumbles.[12]

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).[12]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Paul Baker tackle
Roy Driggers end
Herbie Ford tackle
Lanky Hodges tackle
Ed Meisch guard
Snowball Norton guard
Conch Otto guard
Tootie Perry guard
Bob Swanson end
Vandy Vandegrift tackle
Count Wilsky center

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
B. Anderson quarterback
Crom A. Anderson halfback
Tully Hoyt Carlton halfback
Jim Merrin fullback

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. ^ Scott, p. 255
  3. ^ a b c University of Florida, p. 119
  4. ^ McCarthy, p. 19
  5. ^ a b "Mercer Bows In Defeat Before Florida 'Gators". The Florida Alligator. 9 (6). November 5, 1920. 
  6. ^ a b c "'Gators Trimmed By Tulane". The Atlanta Constitution. November 7, 1920. p. 2. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "'Gators Put Up Strong Fight Against Tulane". The Florida Alligator. 19 (17). November 12, 1920. 
  8. ^ "Place Stetson on Shelf with Second Squad". The Florida Alligator. 9. November 19, 1920. 
  9. ^ a b "'Gators Lose To Georgia In One-Sided Bout". The Florida Alligator. 9. November 19, 1920. 
  10. ^ "'Gators Are Beaten By Red and Black In One-Sided Game". The Red and Black. November 19, 1920. p. 8. 
  11. ^ a b "Florida Wins East Victory Over Hatters". Florida Alligator. November 26, 1920. 
  12. ^ a b c "Petrels Defeat 'Gators". The Atlanta Constitution. November 26, 1920. p. 15. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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