1959 Florida Gators football team

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1959 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 19
1959 record 5–4–1 (2–4 9th SEC)
Head coach Bob Woodruff
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »
1959 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Georgia $ 7 0 0     10 1 0
#3 LSU 5 1 0     9 2 0
#2 Ole Miss 5 1 0     10 1 0
#10 Alabama 4 1 2     7 2 2
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 2     5 3 2
Georgia Tech 3 3 0     6 5 0
Tennessee 3 4 1     5 4 1
#19 Florida 2 4 0     5 4 1
Kentucky 1 6 0     4 6 0
Tulane 0 5 1     3 6 1
Mississippi State 0 7 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1959 college football season. The season was Bob Woodruff's tenth and last year as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators celebrated a close conference win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs (14–13), and suffered close conference defeats to the Vanderbilt Commodores (6–13), the top-ranked LSU Tigers (0–9) and the eighth-ranked Auburn Tigers (0–6). Woodruff finished his tenure on a high note, with the Gators' victories over the Florida State Seminoles (18–8) and the twelfth-ranked Miami Hurricanes (23–14), their primary in-state rivals. Woodruff's 1959 Florida Gators finished with an overall record of 5–4–1 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 2–4, placing ninth among twelve SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
9–18–1959 Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana W 30–0  
9–26–1959 Mississippi State No. 19 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 14–13  
10–3–1959 Virginia* No. 19 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 55–10  
10–10–1959 Rice* No. 17 Rice StadiumHouston, Texas T 13–13  
10–17–1959 Vanderbilt No. 19 Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee L 6–13  
10–24–1959 No. 1 LSU Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC) L 0–9  
10–31–1959 No. 8 Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 0–6  
11–7–1959 No. 11 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida L 10–21  
11–21–1959 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 18–8  
11–28–1959 No. 12 Miami* Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida W 23–14  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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

Postseason[edit]

Despite having returned the Gators to competitive respectability within the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in his ten seasons as the Gators' coach and athletic director, University of Florida president J. Wayne Reitz declined to renew Woodruff's contract in 1959 after two previous contract extensions. Woodruff returned to the University of Tennessee, his alma mater, in 1963, where he became the long-time athletic director of the Tennessee Volunteers sports program. During the 1950s, the Gators compiled an overall record of 53–42–6 (.555) during the decade.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.