1932 Florida Gators football team

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1932 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Conference
1932 record 3–6 (1–6 20th SoCon)
Head coach Charlie Bachman
Assistant coach Dutch Stanley
Offensive scheme Notre Dame Box
Captain Joe Jenkins
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1931 1933 »
1932 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 7 0 1     9 0 1
Auburn + 6 0 1     9 0 1
LSU + 4 0 0     6 3 1
VPI 6 1 0     8 1 0
Alabama 5 2 0     8 2 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2     6 1 2
NC State 3 1 1     6 1 2
Tulane 5 2 1     6 2 1
Duke 5 3 0     7 3 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 1     4 5 1
South Carolina 2 2 2     5 4 2
Kentucky 4 5 0     4 5 0
Virginia 2 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 2 3 0     5 6 0
Georgia 2 4 2     2 5 2
Maryland 2 4 0     5 6 0
North Carolina 2 5 1     3 5 2
VMI 1 4 0     2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 4 0     1 9 0
Florida 1 6 0     3 6 0
Clemson 0 4 0     3 5 1
Mississippi State 0 4 0     3 5 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     2 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1932 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1932 college football season. The season was Charlie Bachman's fifth and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. In the Gators' final year as members of the Southern Conference, they finished twentieth of twenty-three teams in the conference standings.[1]

Before the season[edit]

Coach Bachman expected the Gators to win half of their games.[2] The Florida squad was full of sophomores.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 8 Sewanee Fairfield StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 19–0   10,000
October 15 The Citadel* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 27–7   6,500
October 22 North Carolina State Plant FieldTampa, Florida L 6–17  
October 29 at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia L 12–33  
November 4 at North Carolina Kenan StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina L 13–18   6,000
November 12 at Auburn Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama L 6–21  
November 19 Georgia Tech Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC) L 0–6  
December 3 Tennessee Fairfield Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida L 13–32  
December 7 UCLA* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 12–2  
*Non-conference game.

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[4]

Season summary[edit]

Sewanee[edit]

The Gators opened the season with their only conference victory, a 19–0 shutout of the struggling Sewanee Tigers. Hub McAnly ran a school record 91 yards for one score.[5][6]

The Citadel[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
The Citadel 0 7 0 0 7
Florida 7 0 14 6 27
  • Source:

In the second week of play, Florida beat The Citadel in the rain 27–7.[7]

North Carolina State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NC State 0 7 0 10 17
Florida 0 0 6 0 6
  • Source:

In Tampa, the Gators lost to the NC State Wolfpack 17–6. An Al Rogero touchdown made the score 7–6, but in the fourth quarter the Wolfpack put the game out of reach.[8]

Georgia[edit]

There was little enthusiasm as Florida departed for Athens, battered by injuries and demotions due to rule infractions.[9] Florida lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 12–33.

North Carolina[edit]

In Chapel Hill, the Gators were defeated by the Tar Heels 13–18. The Tar Heels' Johnny Daniel returned the opening kickoff 95 yards.[10]

Auburn[edit]

SoCon champion Auburn defeated Florida 21–6. Jimmy Hitchcock was taken out of a game for the first time in his career.[11]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Florida was the underdog going into the Georgia Tech game,[12] losing 6–0.

Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 20 6 6 0 32
Florida 7 0 0 6 13
  • Source:

Expected to be the hardest game since the beginning of the season,[2] rival Tennessee beat Florida 13–32. Beattie Feathers scored after the opening kickoff.[13]

UCLA[edit]

Notwithstanding the Gators' Depression-era struggles and 3–6 overall win-loss record,[4] Bachman managed to end his tenure on a high note with a 12–2 intersectional upset of the UCLA Bruins in his final game.

Postseason[edit]

After the season, Bachman resigned, though left some idea he might still return to Florida.[14] Bachman ultimately accepted an offer to become the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans,[15] and he was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1978.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, p. 74 (2009). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Here In Florida". The Evening Independent. August 27, 1932. 
  3. ^ "First Year Men Slated For Varsity". The Evening Independent. October 5, 1932. 
  4. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Tigers Lose To Florida Gators By Score of 19-0". The Sewanee Purple. October 12, 1932. p. 2. 
  6. ^ McEwen, p. 106
  7. ^ "Florida Crushes Citadel, 27 to 7, After Bad Start". Kingsport Times. October 16, 1932. p. 4. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "N. Carolina State Is Victor Over Florida". The Monroe Morning World. October 23, 1932. p. 8. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Along Southern Sidelines". The Monroe News Star. October 28, 1932. p. 11. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Carolina Turns In Second Victory of Season Over Powerful Florida Eleven". The Daily Tar Heel. November 5, 1932. p. 3. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "Auburn Takes Another Step To Title, 21-6". The Anniston Star. November 13, 1932. p. 12. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Gators Facing Tech Game As Underdogs". The Evening Independent. November 15, 1932. 
  13. ^ "Vols Override Florida To Win Battle, 32-13". The Anniston Star. December 4, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "Bachman Likely To Receive Offer". The Index-Journal. December 25, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ McEwen, p. 108
  16. ^ College Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, Charlie Bachman Member Biography. Retrieved August 30, 2010.

Bibliography[edit]

  • McEwen, Tom (1974). The Gators: A Story of Florida Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publishers. ISBN 0-87397-025-X.