1950 Florida Gators football team

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1950 Florida Gators football
FloridaFieldatnight.jpg
The 1950 Gators practice under the lights before the first night game at Florida Field.
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1950 record5–5 (2–4 SEC)
Head coachBob Woodruff (1st season)
CaptainAngus Williams
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 39,453)[1]
Seasons
← 1949
1951 →
1950 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Kentucky $ 5 1 0     11 1 0
No. 4 Tennessee 4 1 0     11 1 0
No. 16 Alabama 6 2 0     9 2 0
No. 20 Tulane 3 1 1     6 2 1
Georgia Tech 4 2 0     5 6 0
Georgia 3 2 1     6 3 3
Mississippi State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Vanderbilt 3 4 0     7 4 0
LSU 2 3 2     4 5 2
Florida 2 4 0     5 5 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     5 5 0
Auburn 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1950 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1950 college football season. The season was Bob Woodruff's first of ten as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Woodruff was a former college football player and assistant for coach Robert Neyland's Tennessee Volunteers, who made his name as an up-and-coming young head coach leading the Baylor Bears for three seasons in the late 1940s. Like Neyland, Woodruff emphasized stout defense, the kicking game and a ball control offense. In Woodruff's first season of 1950, the Gators offense, led by quarterback Haywood Sullivan and offensive coordinator Frank Broyles, posted record numbers. Sullivan was the first sophomore in SEC history to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He set nine school records.[note 1] The highlights of the season included two Southeastern Conference (SEC) victories over the Auburn Tigers (27–7) and the thirteenth-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores (31–27)—the first season since 1940 in which the Gators won two or more SEC games. The Gators' twentieth ranking after the Vanderbilt game marked their first-ever appearance in the top twenty of the weekly Associated Press Poll. Woodruff's 1950 Florida Gators finished 5–5 overall and 2–4 in the SEC, placing tenth among twelve conference teams.[3]

Also of note, lights were installed at Florida Field during the summer of 1950, and the Gators opened the season with their first home night game, a 7–3 win over The Citadel.[4]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 23The Citadel*W 7–3
September 30Duquesne*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 27–14
October 7at Georgia TechL 13–16
October 14Auburndagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 27–7
October 21at No. 13 VanderbiltW 31–27
October 28Furman*No. 20
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 19–7
November 4at No. 5 KentuckyNo. 17L 6–40
November 11vs. GeorgiaL 0–6
November 18No. 17 Miami (FL)*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 14–20
November 25vs. No. 17 Alabama
  • Gator Bowl Stadium
  • Jacksonville, FL
L 13–41
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These included average (50.3%), yardage (1,170), and average for a single game (7 for 7 against Kentucky).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Department of Publicity and The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "1950 Florida Football Facts 'n Figures" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ see Golenbock, Go Gators!, p. 58
  3. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 109–110 (2015). Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Florida Field timeline at FloridaGators.com