1960 Florida Gators football team

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1960 Florida Gators football
Gator Bowl, W 13–12 vs. Baylor
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 18
1960 record 9–2 (5–1 2nd SEC)
Head coach Ray Graves
Defensive coordinator Jack Green
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1959 1961 »
1960 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Mississippi $ 5 0 1     10 0 1
#18 Florida 5 1 0     9 2 0
#9 Alabama 5 1 1     8 1 2
#13 Auburn 5 2 0     8 2 0
Tennessee 3 2 2     6 2 2
Georgia 4 3 0     6 4 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 0     5 5 0
LSU 2 3 1     5 4 1
Kentucky 2 4 1     5 4 1
Tulane 1 4 1     3 6 1
Mississippi State 0 5 1     2 6 1
Vanderbilt 0 7 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1960 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1960 college football season. The season was Ray Graves' first of ten and one of his three most successful as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Graves' 1960 Florida Gators finished with a 9–2 overall record a 5–1 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing second among the twelve SEC teams[1] —their best-ever SEC finish to date.

Before the season[edit]

Graves was a former Tennessee Volunteers lineman and assistant under coach Robert Neyland, and became a long-time Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive assistant for coach Bobby Dodd.[2] Graves' arrival in Gainesville heralded a change in the Gators' football outlook: no longer would the Gators espouse Bob Woodruff's conservative, ball control, "go for the tie" philosophy.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–17–1960 George Washington* Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 30–7  
9–24–1960 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 3–0  
10–1–1960 No. 10 Georgia Tech Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 18–17  
10–8–1960 Rice* No. 18 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, FL L 0–10  
10–15–1960 Vanderbilt Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 12–0  
10–22–1960 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 13–10  
10–29–1960 No. 14 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 7–10  
11–5–1960 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL W 22–14  
11–12–1960 Tulane No. 20 Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC) W 21–6  
11–26–1960 Miami* No. 19 Orange Bowl Stadium • Miami, FL W 18–0  
12–31–1960 No. 12 Baylor* Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) CBS W 13–12  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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

Postseason[edit]

The Gators capped their first-ever nine-win season with a hard-fought 13–12 victory over the twelfth-ranked Baylor Bears in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Eve 1960. In the Gator Bowl, the Gators defense halted a 75-yard drive by Baylor on the half-yard line in the first quarter, then set the stage for two second quarter touchdowns. Baylor dropped a pass for the two-point conversion and the win, and quarterback Libertore was voted game MVP.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Julian M. Pleasants, Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, p. 189 (2006).
  3. ^ University Athletic Association / IMG College copyright 2015. "Gator Bowl Memories: Gators Hold Off Baylor in Wild Finish to Claim 1960 Gator Bowl". gatorzone.com.