1971 Florida Gators football team

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1971 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1971 record 4–7 (1–6 T-8th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Harvin Clark
Tommy Durrance
John Reaves
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »
1971 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Alabama $ 7 0 0     11 1 0
#7 Georgia 5 1 0     11 1 0
#12 Auburn 5 1 0     9 2 0
#15 Ole Miss 4 2 0     10 2 0
#9 Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
#11 LSU 3 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 6 1
Florida 1 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1971 college football season. The season was Doug Dickey's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1971 Florida Gators finished with a 4–7 overall record and a 1–6 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for eighth among ten SEC teams.[1]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–11–1971 Duke* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL L 6–12  
9–18–1971 Mississippi State Verterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L 10–13  
9–25–1971 No. 8 Alabama Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 0–38  
10–2–1971 No. 12 Tennessee Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 13–20  
10–9–1971 No. 16 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–48  
10–16–1971 No. 19 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 17–15  
10–23–1971 Maryland* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC) W 27–23  
10–30–1971 No. 5 Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 7–40  
11–6–1971 No. 7 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL L 7–49  
11–13–1971 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 35–24  
11–27–1971 Miami* Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, FL W 45–16  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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

Game notes[edit]

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Duke 6 3 0 3 12
Florida 0 0 6 0 6

[2]

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 10 0 0 10
Mississippi State 3 0 7 3 13

[3]

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Alabama 10 14 7 7 38
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Florida Field
    Gainesville, FL
  • Game attendance: 61,832

Against the Gators, Alabama's Johnny Musso scored four rushing touchdowns en route to a 38–0 shutout at Florida Field.[4][5] After Bill Davis gave the Crimson Tide a 3–0 lead with his first quarter field goal, Musso scored Alabama's next four touchdowns and extended their lead to 31–0.[4][5] All four came on the ground with a pair from one-yard out, a three-yard run and a five-yard run.[4][5] Alabama then closed the game with an 11-yard Billy Sexton touchdown pass to Dexter Wood that made the final score 38–0.[4][5]

The four touchdowns scored by Musso on the ground set a new school record for rushing touchdowns. Additionally, the shutout was the first for the Crimson Tide defense since their 17–0 victory in 1967 over South Carolina.[5]

Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 3 10 7 0 20
Florida 0 13 0 0 13

[6]

LSU[edit]

Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 0 0 0 15 15
Florida 0 14 0 3 17

The Gators beat the Seminoles 17–15.[7]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 13 10 0 23
Florida 7 6 7 7 27

[8]

Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 7 0 0 7
Auburn 12 0 7 21 40

[9]

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 7 13 22 7 49
Florida 0 7 0 0 7

[10]

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 0 3 7 14 24
Florida 0 7 7 21 35

[11]

Miami (FL)[edit]

The disappointing season ended on a controversial note. With the Gators leading the Miami Hurricanes 45–8 late in the fourth quarter of the last game of the season, senior quarterback John Reaves was just 14 yards short of the NCAA career record for passing yardage, but Miami had the ball and seemed destined to run out the clock. At the urging of Florida defensive captain Harvin Clark, Dickey agreed to permit the Gators defense to allow the Hurricanes to score, thus returning the ball to the Gators offense and giving Reaves a chance to break the record. Dubbed the "Florida Flop" or "Gator Flop," the move worked. When Miami snapped the ball from the Florida 8 year line, the Gators instantly flopped to the turf, allowing Miami quarterback John Hornibrook to walk uncontested into the endzone. Florida's offense got one more possession, and Reeves promptly broke the record with a pass to favorite target Carlos Alvarez. After the game, many Gator players celebrated by jumping into the pool at the Orange Bowl's east end zone used by the Miami Dolphins' live mascot, Flipper.

Miami coach Fran Curci was so angered by the turn of events that he refused to shake Dickey's hand. In a post-game interview, he called the actions "bush league" and declared that "what Doug Dickey did shows absolutely no class."[12][13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Duke Boots Top Gators." Ocala Star-Banner. 1971 Sept 12.
  3. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1971 Sept. 19.
  4. ^ a b c d e Reed, Delbert (September 26, 1971). "High Tide in Florida". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. p. 1B. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Tucker, Tommy (September 26, 1971). "Musso leads Alabama romp by hapless Florida, 38–0". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Google News Archives. p. 1C. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1971 Oct. 3.
  7. ^ "Florida State Football - 1971 Year In Review". nolefan.org. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct. 24.
  9. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1971 Oct 31.
  10. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1971 Nov 7.
  11. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1971 Nov 14.
  12. ^ Paul Lukas, "The stories behind the 1971 Gator Flop," ESPN.com (September 16, 2010). Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Randall Mell, "It was humiliating," Orlando Sun-Sentinel (December 20, 2000). Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  14. ^ "Contemporary TV coverage of Florida Flop (youtube)". Retrieved March 30, 2014.