1950 Florida Gators football team
|1950 Florida Gators football|
The 1950 Gators practice under the lights before the first night game at Florida Field.
|1950 record||5–5 (2–4 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bob Woodruff (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1950 SEC football standings|
|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|
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.
|September 23||The Citadel*||W 7–3|
|September 30||Duquesne*||W 27–14|
|October 7||at Georgia Tech||L 13–16|
|October 14||Auburn||W 27–7|
|October 21||at No. 13 Vanderbilt||W 31–27|
|October 28||Furman*||No. 20||W 19–7|
|November 4||at No. 5 Kentucky||No. 17||L 6–40|
|November 11||vs. Georgia||L 0–6|
|November 18||No. 17 Miami (FL)*||L 14–20|
|November 25||vs. No. 17 Alabama||L 13–41|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
- These included average (50.3%), yardage (1,170), and average for a single game (7 for 7 against Kentucky).
- 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.
- see Golenbock, Go Gators!, p. 58
- 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.
- Florida Field timeline at FloridaGators.com
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