1926 Florida Gators football team

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1926 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Conference
1926 record 2–6–2 (1–4–1 19th SoCon)
Head coach Harold Sebring
Assistant coach Ray Dickson
Captain Lamar Sarra
Home stadium Fleming Field
Uniform
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Seasons
« 1925 1927 »
1926 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama $ 8 0 0     9 0 1
Tennessee 5 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0     8 1 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     6 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     5 4 0
Virginia 4 2 1     6 2 2
VPI 3 2 1     5 3 1
Washington and Lee 3 2 1     4 3 2
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 3 3 0     4 5 0
Auburn 3 3 0     5 4 0
LSU 3 3 0     6 3 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     5 4 0
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     5 4 0
VMI 2 4 0     5 5 0
Tulane 2 4 0     3 5 1
Maryland 1 3 1     5 4 1
Clemson 1 3 0     2 7 0
Florida 1 4 1     2 6 2
Kentucky 1 4 1     2 6 1
NC State 0 4 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1926 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1926 college football season. The season was Tom Sebring's second and least successful campaign as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Sebring's 1926 Florida Gators finished 2–6–2 overall,[1] and 1–4–1 in the Southern Conference, placing nineteenth of twenty-two teams in the conference standings.[2]

The highlights of the season were the Gators' two victories home field over the Florida Southern Moccasins and Clemson Tigers, which were interspersed among four close losses to the Chicago Maroons (6–12), the Ole Miss Rebels (7–12), the Mercer Bears (3–7) and the Kentucky Wildcats (13–18), crushing defeats by the Georgia Bulldogs (9–32) and coach Wallace Wade's undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide (0–49), and two low-scoring ties with the Hampden–Sydney Tigers (0–0) and the Washington & Lee Generals.

Before the season[edit]

Florida was set to play one of its hardest schedules.[3] Former fullback Ray Dickson assisted Sebring.[4]

Bill Middlekauff, a fullback who played on the 1923 and 1924 teams, returned to the squad.[5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 23 Florida Southern* Fleming FieldGainesville, Florida W 16–0  
October 2 at Chicago* Stagg FieldChicago, Illinois L 6–12  
October 6 Mississippi Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida L 7–12  
October 16 at Mercer* Macon, Georgia L 3–7  
October 23 Kentucky Barrs FieldJacksonville, Florida L 13–18  
October 30 at Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia L 9–32  
November 6 Clemson Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC) W 33–0  
November 13 at Alabama Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama L 0–49  
November 20 Hampden–Sydney* Plant FieldTampa, Florida T 0–0   5,000
November 27 Washington & Lee Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida T 7–7  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Florida Southern[edit]

The season opened with a 16–0 home victory over the Florida Southern Moccasins.

Chicago[edit]

Week 2: Florida at Chicago
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 0 0 0 6
Chicago 6 3 0 3 12

Amos Stagg's Chicago Maroons defeated Florida 12–6. A 60-yard forward pass from Walter E. Marks to Apitz scored first for Chicago. Stanley Rouse added two more field goals.[6][7]

Ole Miss[edit]

Week 3: Ole Miss vs. Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 6 0 0 6 12
Florida 0 0 0 7 7

Ole Miss beat Florida with a "lucky pass."[8]

Mercer[edit]

Week 4: Florida at Mercer
1 2 3 4 Total
• Florida 6 0 0 0 6
Mercer 0 3 0 0 3

The Mercer Bears surprised and beat Florida in a close loss, 7–3.[9] Florida's Bishop made a 30-yard field goal.[9] The game's umpire was Buck Flowers.[9]

The starting lineup was Oosterhoudt (left end), Davis (left tackle), J. Stewart (left guard), Sarra (center), Tucker (right guard), Clemmons (right tackle), Stanley (right end), Bowyer (quarterback), Owens (left halfback), Beck (right halfback), Bishop (fullback).[9]

Kentucky[edit]

Week 5: Kentucky at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 12 0 0 6 18
Florida 7 6 0 0 13

Once after three days practice, Sebring took his men to Kingsley Lake.[10][11] Injuries plagued the season.[12] Florida lost to Kentucky 13–18. The game was hot, "with the thermometer standing in the eihties. A spectator, J. D. Alverman, 50, dropped dead during an exciting moment of the game.[13]

Kentucky scored first, when captain Frank Smith bucked across the goal line.[13] The extra point was missed. Florida took the lead after a Kentucky fumble on a punt was recovered by Tommy Owens.[13] Beck went over, and Owens added the extra point. By a series of forward passes, Kentucky got another touchdown.[13] Owens went right around end for Florida to regain the lead.[13] After a scoreless third period, Kentucky put together a winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.[13]

The starting lineup was Oosterhoudt (left end), Clemons (left tackle), Tucker (left guard), Harris (center), Stewart (right guard), Chaplin (right tackle), Dehoff (right end), Bowyer (quarterback), Beck (left halfback), Owens (right halfback), Ihrig (fullback).[12]

Georgia[edit]

Week 6: Florida at Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 2 7 0 9
Georgia 6 13 13 0 32
  • Date: October 30
  • Location: Athens, GA
  • Game attendance: 5,000
  • Game weather: Warm
  • Referee: Hull

Georgia crushed the Gators 32–9. The weather was too warm, and the game suffered from several penalties.[14]

The starting lineup was Oosterhoudt (left end), Clemons (left tackle), Ripley (left guard), Sarra (center), Tucker (right guard), Chaplin (right takle), Trogden (right end), Bowyer (quarterback), Owens (left halfback), Larson (right halfback), Davis (fullback).[14]

Clemson[edit]

At home, Florida defeated the Clemson Tigers 33–0. Willie DeHoff caught two touchdowns.[15]

Alabama[edit]

Wallace Wade's undefeated national champion Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the Gators 49–0.[16]

The starting lineup was Stanley (left end), Green (left tackle), Tucker (left guard), Sarra (center), Allen (right guard), Clemons (right takle), Oosterhoudt (right end), Bowyer (quarterback), Owens (left halfback), Livingston (right halfback), Ihrig (fullback).[17]

Hampden–Sydney[edit]

Week 9: Hampden–Sydney vs. Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Hampden–Sydney 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

The Gators and the Hampden–Sydney Tigers fought to a scoreless tie. Tommy Owens suffered a broken collarbone.[19]

Washington & Lee[edit]

Coach Pat Herron's Washington and Lee Generals tied Florida 7–7.

Postseason[edit]

"The wolves began to clamor for Sebring's scalp as the 1926 season ended" wrote Pete Norton.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida (2015).
  2. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, pp. 74–77 (2009).
  3. ^ "Florida Gators To Play Through Strenuous Grid Schedule In 1926 Sport". St. Petersburg Times. August 10, 1926. 
  4. ^ "Dickson Takes Hand in Gator Training Work". The Miami News. 
  5. ^ "Middlekauff Cheers Gator Football Men". St. Petersburg Times. September 17, 1926. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Maroons Take Measure of Florida Gators". The Anniston Star. October 3, 1926. p. 8. Retrieved January 27, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Floridians Lose 12 to 6 and Gain Esteem of Fans". Sarasota Herald. October 3, 1926. 
  8. ^ "Lucky Pass Gives Ole Miss Victory In Florida Clash". The Anniston Star. October 10, 1926. p. 8. Retrieved January 27, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b c d "Mercer Wins Over Gators In Close One". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 17, 1926. 
  10. ^ "Gators Relax After Drills". St. Petersburg Times. October 22, 1926. 
  11. ^ "Crippled Gators To Meet Kentucky Wildcats Today". The Evening Independent. October 23, 1926. 
  12. ^ a b "Crippled Gators To Meet Kentucky Wildcats Today". Evening Independent. October 23, 1926. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "'Gators Lose To Kentucky On Hot Field". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 24, 1926. 
  14. ^ a b "Georgia Downs Gators By Huge Score In Athens". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 21, 1926. 
  15. ^ "'Gators Take Easy One From Clemson Tiger". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 7, 1926. 
  16. ^ 1926 Recap
  17. ^ "Alabama Beats 'Gators Badly In Montgomery". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 14, 1926. 
  18. ^ Kaleidoscope. 1927. Hampden–Sydney, VA: Hampden–Sydney College. 1927. p. 93. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "'Gators Fight Virginians To Scoreless Tie". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 21, 1926. 
  20. ^ Pete Norton (December 23, 1934). "Sport Outlook". St. Petersburg Times.