1957 Florida Gators football team
|1957 Florida Gators football|
|1957 record||6–2–1 (4–2–1 T-3rd SEC)|
|Head coach||Bob Woodruff|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1957 SEC football standings|
|#1 Auburn $||7||–||0||–||0||10||–||0||–||0|
|#7 Ole Miss||5||–||0||–||1||9||–||1||–||1|
|#14 Mississippi State||4||–||2||–||1||6||–||2||–||1|
The 1957 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1957 college football season. The season was Bob Woodruff's eighth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Woodruff's 1957 Florida Gators finished their abbreviated season with an overall record of 6–2–1 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–2–1, tying for third place among the twelve SEC teams.
Before the season
The 1957 season was the last time the Gators would play only nine games in a season. Ten games were scheduled, but the season opener against the UCLA Bruins was canceled when most of the Gators team members were suffering from a serious bout of influenza. The Gators were led by quarterback Jimmy Dunn, and two-way halfbacks Bernie Parrish and Jim Rountree.
Schedule and results
|September 28||Wake Forest*||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 27–0|
|October 5||Kentucky||McLean Stadium • Lexington, Kentucky||W 14–7|
|October 19||Mississippi State||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC)||L 20–29|
|October 26||No. 10 LSU||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 22–14|
|November 2||No. 4 Auburn||No. 19||Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama||L 0–13|
|November 9||Georgia||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida||W 22–0|
|November 16||Vanderbilt||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 14–7|
|November 23||Georgia Tech||Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia||T 0–0|
|November 30||Miami*||No. 20||Burdine Stadium • Miami, Florida||W 14–0|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
Florida won a 27–0 home-opener victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The second week of play was a 14–7 conference win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Florida lost at homecoming to Mississippi State 20–29.
The Gators were shut out 0–13 by coach Shug Jordan's national champion Auburn Tigers. When the two teams met in Cliff Hare Stadium in Auburn, it was the first game between the rivals in which both teams were ranked in the top twenty of the AP Poll. Woodruff's Gators featured their usual strong defense, but the Tigers defense was even better.
Florida beat the Georgia Bulldogs 22–0.
Parrish had been named AP "Back of the Week" for his performance in the 14–7 win over Vanderbilt. This included rushing for 111 yards, scoring both touchdowns, kicking both extra points, catching an interception, and making seven tackles—including one to prevent the Commodores' tying score.
Georgia Tech and Florida fought to a scoreless tie.
Florida had a road win over the in-state rival Miami Hurricanes, 14–0 in Miami, Florida.
At the end of the season, the Gators finished in the top twenty of the final AP Poll for only the second time in their history,
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- "FLORIDA TRIPS L.S.U.; Gators Win, 22-14, Surviving 99-Yard Run by Brodnax". The New York Times. October 27, 1957.
- Norris Anderson, "Auburn Tigers claw Gators by 13–0", The Miami News, pp. 1B & 6B (November 3, 1957). Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- see Associated Press, "Bernie Parrish Selected As Back Of Week," Gettysburg Times, p. 5 (November 20, 1957). Retrieved June 21, 2010.