1965 Florida Gators football team

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1965 Florida Gators football
Sugar Bowl, L 18–20 vs. Missouri
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
1965 record 7–4 (4–2 3rd SEC)
Head coach Ray Graves
Offensive coordinator Ed Kensler
Defensive coordinator Gene Ellenson
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1964 1966 »
1965 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama $ 6 1 1     9 1 1
Auburn 4 1 1     5 5 1
Florida 4 2 0     7 4 0
#7 Tennessee 3 1 2     8 1 2
Ole Miss 5 3 0     7 4 0
#8 LSU 3 3 0     8 3 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     6 4 0
Georgia 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     2 7 1
Tulane 1 5 0     2 8 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1965 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1965 college football season. The season was Ray Graves's sixth year as the Florida Gators football team's head coach. The highlights of the season included an intersectional road victory over the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference (SEC) wins over the Louisiana State (14–7), Ole Miss Rebels (17–0), Georgia Bulldogs (14–10) and Tulane Green Wave (51–13), and a sound thumping of the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles (30–17). The Gators also lost close matches against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (13–18) and the Miami Hurricanes (13–16). Graves' 1965 Florida Gators finished 7–4 overall and 4–2 in the SEC, placing third in the eleven-team conference.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–18–1965 Northwestern* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 24–14  
9–25–1965 Mississippi State No. 8 Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 13–18  
10–2–1965 No. 5 Louisiana State Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 14–7  
10–9–1965 Mississippi No. 10 Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS W 17–0  
10–16–1965 North Carolina State* No. 9 Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC) W 28–6  
10–30–1965 Auburn No. 7 Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ABC L 17–28  
11–6–1965 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL W 14–10  
11–13–1965 Tulane Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 51–13  
11–20–1965 Miami* No. 10 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, FL L 13–16  
11–27–1965 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 30–17  
1–1–1966 No. 6 Missouri* Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) NBC L 18–20  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game; from 1962 to 1967, AP only ranked the top ten teams.

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

Postseason[edit]

At the end of the season, the Gators played the Missouri Tigers in the Gators' first-ever major bowl game, the Sugar Bowl, on January 1, 1966. Despite a three-touchdown second-half effort from the Gators, they lost to the Tigers 18–20 after they failed to score on three consecutive two-point conversion attempts after each of their touchdowns. Following the game, Gators quarterback Steve Spurrier was recognized as the game's Most Valuable Player—the only MVP selected from the losing team in the history of the Sugar Bowl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.