1930 Florida Gators football team

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1930 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Conference
1930 record 6–3–1 (4–2–1 7th SoCon)
Head coach Charlie Bachman
Offensive scheme Notre Dame Box
Captain Red Bethea
Home stadium Florida Field
Uniform
30sGatoruniform.png
Seasons
« 1929 1931 »
1930 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama + 8 0 0     10 0 0
Tulane + 5 0 0     8 1 0
Tennessee 6 1 0     9 1 0
Duke 4 1 1     8 1 2
Vanderbilt 5 2 0     8 2 0
Maryland 4 2 0     7 5 0
Florida 4 2 1     6 3 1
North Carolina 4 2 2     5 3 2
Clemson 3 2 0     8 2 0
Georgia 3 2 1     7 2 1
Kentucky 4 3 0     5 3 0
South Carolina 4 3 0     6 4 0
VPI 2 3 1     5 3 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     2 7 0
Georgia Tech 2 4 1     2 6 1
LSU 2 4 0     2 6 1
Virginia 2 5 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     3 6 1
NC State 1 5 0     2 8 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     3 5 1
Auburn 1 6 0     3 7 0
Washington and Lee 0 4 1     3 6 1
VMI 0 5 0     3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1930 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 1930 college football season. The season was Charlie Bachman's third as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Bachman's 1930 Florida Gators finished the season with a 6–3–1 overall record and a 4–2–1 Southern Conference record, placing seventh of twenty-three teams in the conference standings.[1][2]

Among the season's highlights were the Gators' conference victories over the North Carolina State Wolfpack (27–0), Auburn Tigers (7–0), Clemson Tigers (27–0), and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (55–7)—their first win in seven tries against the Yellow Jackets. Also notable was an intersectional victory over the Chicago Maroons (19–0) on Chicago's home field. It was also the first season the Gators played their home games at Florida Field, which was christened with a 20–0 thumping of the Gators by coach Wallace Wade's national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in front of a Homecoming crowd of some 18,000 fans.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 27 Florida Southern* Fleming FieldGainesville, Florida W 45–6  
October 4 North Carolina State Plant FieldTampa, Florida W 27–0   10,000
October 11 Auburn Fairfield StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 7–0  
October 18 at Chicago* Stagg FieldChicago, Illinois W 19–0   10,000
October 25 Furman* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida L 13–14  
November 1 at Georgia Municipal Stadium • Savannah, Georgia T 0–0  
November 8 Alabama Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC) L 0–20   18,000
November 15 Clemson Jacksonville, Florida W 27–0  
November 27 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, Georgia W 55–7  
December 6 Tennessee Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida L 6–13  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Week 1: Florida Southern[edit]

Image from Florida-Florida Southern game.

The Gators faced the Florida Southern Moccasins on Fleming Field in Gainesville to open the season on September 27, winning 45 to 6. Southern scored its points in the second quarter, at that point making the game tied 6 to 6. The Gators responded with a barrage of points which continued until the final whistle.

Red Bethea had three touchdowns on his first three touches, including runs of 46 and 48 yards. This got Bethea a column in Ripley's Believe It Or Not.[3]

Week 2: North Carolina State[edit]

Week 2: North Carolina State at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
NC State 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 0 27 0 27

For the second week of play, Florida beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Plant Field in Tampa 27 to 0.

After being held scoreless in the first half with a number of fumbles, a 37-yard end run from Red Bethea sparked the Gator attack.[4] Ed Sauls had a 61-yard kick return, which ended when he stumbled and fell. On the next play he scored. Sam Gurneau and Charlie Cobb starred for NC State.[5]

Week 3: Auburn[edit]

Week 3: Auburn at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 0 0 7 7

The Gators just barely defeated coach Chet A. Wynne's Auburn Tigers in Jacksonville by a 7 to 0 score; seen as a moral victory by the Tigers.[6] Ed Sauls scored Florida's touchdown in the final period, and Monk Dorsett got the extra point.

Week 4: at Chicago[edit]

Week 4: Florida at Chicago
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 13 0 6 19
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0

On October 18, 1930, the Gators defeated coach Amos Alonzo Stagg's Chicago Maroons at Stagg Field 19 to 0 in a game was affected by wintry blasts of near-zero temperatures.[7]n . The victory was historic for the Florida football program, representing the first time the Gators had won an inter-sectional game outside the South.[8] The Gators had previously lost all six games it had played in the North—to Indiana in 1916, Harvard in 1922 and 1929, Army in 1923 and 1924, and Chicago in 1926.[9]

Red Bethea was the star of the historic victory over Chicago, rushing for 218 yards to set a school record that would not be broken until 1987, when Emmitt Smith ran for 224 yards in his first collegiate start. The Associated Press called Bethea Florida's "siege gun,"[10] and noted that his rushing total was "better than the whole Chicago backfield."[11] Bethea contributed to all of Florida's points.[12] The first came after Bethea made a series of 5-yard runs, down to the 5-yard line as the first quarter ended. He then ran behind Muddy Waters for the score.[13] Later, Bethea ran down to the 2-yard line on a fake reverse. Ed Sauls went over for the touchdown. Proctor kicked goal.[13] In the fourth quarter, Bethea ran for a 70-yard touchdown, "accomplished by brilliant, running, twisting, and swerving."[14] Bethea "went wide around the right side of the line, cut back to the left, reversed to the center and tore 70-yards."[15]

Chicago suspended its football program in 1939. One fellow quipped "Florida did it. When Florida beat them, that was the last straw."[16]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Chicago: Parnell (left end) Waters (left tackle), Steele (left guard), Clemons (center), McRae (right guard), Proctor (right tackle), Nolan (right end), Dorsett (quarterback), Bethea (left halfback), Sauls (right halfback), Silsby (fullback).[13][17]

Week 5: Furman[edit]

Week 5: Furman at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Furman 0 0 7 7 14
Florida 0 7 0 6 13

Coach Dad Amis's Furman Purple Hurricane upset the Gators 14 to 13. Every score of the contest was made via the forward pass.[18] A missed extra point by Florida's Parnell and one made by Furman's Allred proved to be the difference.[19] The loss did not sit well with the alumni.[16]

Week 6: at Georgia[edit]

Week 6: Florida at Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0

The scoreless tie with the Georgia Bulldogs provided the upset of the conference that week,[20] as Georgia had defeated Yale and would lose just two games: to conference co-champions Alabama and Tulane. Sportswriter Lawrence Perry attributed Georgia's inability to score to its lack of using the forward pass at key intervals.[21]

Twice Georgia backs Spurgeon Chandler, Jack Roberts, and Austin Downes threatened Florida's goal but were turned back.[22]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Georgia: Parnell (left end) Waters (left tackle), Steele (left guard), Clemons (center), James (right guard), Proctor (right tackle), Hall (right end), Dorsett (quarterback), Bethea (left halfback), Sauls (right halfback), Jenkins (fullback).[22]

Week 7: Alabama[edit]

Week 7: Alabama at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 6 0 14 20
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

The seventh week of play featured the first ever game on Florida Field, an easy win for Wallace Wade's Alabama Crimson Tide 20–0. The dedication game had been planned since August.[23] The new, 22,000 seat stadium[24] planned to eventually house 50,000.[23] Despite the score, Florida showed much defensive strength.[25] Muddy Waters was given praise.[26]

The stands at Florida Field.

The first score came when John Campbell broke through the line for 21 yards.[25][27] Later, after much wear on the Gator defense, Campbell scored on a short run through center. John Tucker, a substitute, also scored on a short run.[25] Johnny Cain was also cited as a strength for the Tide.[25]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Alabama: Parnell (left end), Waters (left tackle), Steele (left guard), Clemons (center), Forsyth (right guard), Proctor (right tackle), Hall (right end), Dorsett (quarterback), Bethea (left halfback), Sauls (right halfback), Jenkins (fullback).[26]

Week 8: Clemson[edit]

Using many passes, the Gators beat coach Josh Cody's Clemson Tigers 27 to 0. Two scores came on long passes from Monk Dorsett to John Hall. Coach Bachman said "Dorsett's quarterbacking has been the finest since I took charge of the 'Gators."[28]

Week 9: at Georgia Tech[edit]

Week 9: Florida at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 21 7 21 55
Ga. Tech 7 0 0 0 7

The Gators beat coach Bill Alexander's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the first time, handing them their worst defeat in years, 55 to 7. Red Bethea scored three touchdowns, Ed Sauls two, and John Hall one. After the Tech game, newspapers posted how Bethea "made the Florida fans forget there ever was a Cannonball Clyde Crabtree."[29]

Week 10: Tennessee[edit]

Week 10: Tennessee at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 6 0 7 13
Florida 0 0 6 0 6

The season's final game saw a bitterly fought contest end in a 13 to 6 loss to coach Robert Neyland's Tennessee Volunteers. Buddy Hackman scored both of Tennessee's touchdowns.[30] Tennessee quarterback Bobby Dodd also starred.[31]

A fake play with Vols center Gene Mayer netted 27 yards, placing the ball on Florida's 13-yard line. Dodd then passed to Hackman for the touchdown. Florida scored after a Hackman fumble put the ball on the 25-yard line. A pass to Parnell got a touchdown.[32] In the final few minutes, Hackman won the game with a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown.

An account of Bobby Dodd's trickery: "Against Florida in 1930 he got his teammates in a huddle and told them about a play he had used in high school. When the ball was snapped, it was placed on the ground unattended. The players ran in one direction. Then the center returned, picked up the ball, and waltzed to the winning touchdown."[33]

This play would later come to be popularly known as the "fumblerooski", after Nebraska famously used it in the 1984 Orange Bowl versus Miami.[34][35]

Postseason[edit]

Carlos Proctor was elected captain for next season.[36] Guard Jimmy Steele was composite All-Southern.[37]

Personnel[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Offense
LE
Ed Parnell
Spurgeon Cherry
 
LT LG C RG RT
Muddy Waters Jimmy Steele Ben Clemons Bill McRae Carlos Proctor
Scabby Pheil J. D. Williamson Frank Clark Wilbur James Al Dodge
Ramsey Don Forsyth
RE
Joe Hall
Jimmy Nolan
 
QB
Monk Dorsett
Red McEwen
RHB
Ed Sauls
Harvey Yancey
LHB
Red Bethea
Al Rogero
FB
Jenkins
Link Silsby

Line[edit]

Backfield[edit]

Starters[edit]

  • Red Bethea, halfback
  • Monk Dorsett, quarterback
  • Jenkins, fullback
  • Al Rogero, halfback
  • Ed Sauls, halfback
  • Lincoln "Link" Silsby, fullback
  • Harvey Yancey, halfback

Subs[edit]

  • Broward McClellan, fullback
  • J. Milton "Red" McEwen, quarterback
  • Homer Seay, halfback

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 108–109 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, p. 74 (2009). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mike". Gainesville Sun. October 30, 1992. 
  4. ^ "'Gators Trounce The Wolfpack". Kingsport Times. October 5, 1930. p. 2. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Florida Eleven Defeat Wolfpack In Last Half 27-0". The Technician. October 10, 1930. 
  6. ^ "Tigers Furnish Day's Surprise In Conference". Anniston Star. October 12, 1930. p. 14. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Cold Bothers 'Gators". The Post-Crescent. October 18, 1930. p. 12. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Florida Eleven to Seek First Grid Victory on Foreign Soil in Chicago Next Saturday". The Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP story). October 16, 1930. p. 5. 
  9. ^ Bill Buchalter (September 13, 1986). "Galloping Gator: Lee Roy Red Bethea, who set the...". Orlando Sentinel. 
  10. ^ "Alabama Takes Rank as Feared Eleven in South". Milwaukee Sentinel (AP story). October 20, 1920. p. 13. 
  11. ^ "Red Bethea Better Than All Chicago Backfield In Play". Sarasota Herald (AP story). October 21, 1930. p. 8. 
  12. ^ "Gators Down Chicago 19-0". The Brownsville Herald. October 19, 1930. p. 8. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ a b c "Red-Headed Halfback Leads Florida 'Gators In 19-0 Triumph at Chicago". Decatur Herald. October 19, 1930. p. 18. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "Florida Gators Swamp Chicago". The Lincoln Star. October 19, 1930. p. 8. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ Richard H. Hippelhauser. "Gators Track Up Midway in 19 to 0 Spree". The Capital Times. p. 24. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
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  17. ^ "Gators Leave Tracks All Over Field; Bethea Stars". Kingsport Times. October 19, 1930. p. 3. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
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  19. ^ "Hurricane Upset Dope Bucket And Beat Alligators". The Index-Journal. October 26, 1930. p. 5. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
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  21. ^ Lawrence Perry (November 3, 1930). "Georgia Still Powerful In South". Oakland Tribune. p. 25. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  22. ^ a b "Georgia's March Toward Gridiron Honors Checked". Kingsport Times. November 2, 1930. p. 3. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  23. ^ a b "Gators To Open Stadium". Altoona Tribune. August 6, 1930. p. 11. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  24. ^ Peter Golenbock. Go Gators. p. 6. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Alabama Dashed Florida Aside". The Index-Journal. November 9, 1930. p. 6. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
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  27. ^ "Crimson Wave Rolling On As Alabama Wins". Abilene Reporter-News. November 9, 1930. p. 4. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  28. ^ "Star of Gators to Oppose Dodd". The Evening Independent. November 22, 1930. 
  29. ^ "Another Redhead". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. November 28, 1930. p. 18. Retrieved September 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
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  31. ^ Chips (December 8, 1930). "Dodd Forced To Display His Genius To Win Over Gators; Hackman Is Co-Star of Tilt". Kingsport Times-News. p. 2. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  32. ^ "Tennessee In Triumph Over Florida, 13-6". Oakland Tribune. December 7, 1930. p. 27. Retrieved September 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
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  34. ^ "19 yards: A lineman's dream". Lincoln Journal Star on Journalstar.com, By Brian Christopherson, July 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  35. ^ Weber, Jim (2010-08-23). "Finding the fumblerooski: Gone, but not forgotten". yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  36. ^ "Veteran Tackle Honored". The Evening Independent. December 16, 1930. 
  37. ^ Dillow Graham (December 4, 1930). "Unanimous Vote of Coaches and Sports Writers Places Dodd At Top of Quarterback Candidates". The Kingsport Times. p. 2. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read