1977 Florida Gators football team

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1977 Florida Gators football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1977 record 6–4–1 (3–3 5th SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Dunn
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts
Captain Wes Chandler
Scott Hutchinson
Charlie Williams
Home stadium Florida Field
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Alabama $ 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Kentucky 6 0 0     10 1 0
LSU 4 2 0     8 4 0
Auburn 4 2 0     5 6 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 6 0
Tennessee 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Kentucky ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation. Mississippi State later forfeited all 1977 wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1977 college football season. The season was Doug Dickey's eighth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1977 Florida Gators finished with a 6–4–1 overall record and a 3–3 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, placing fifth among ten SEC teams.[1]

Before the season[edit]

Florida had several quarterbacks, with Terry LeCount starting.[2]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 17 Rice* No. 19 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 48–3  
September 24 No. 12 Mississippi State No. 13 Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS ABC W 24–22  
October 1 Louisiana State No. 9 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 14–36  
October 8 No. 15 Pittsburgh* No. 20 Florida FieldGainesville, FL T 17–17  
October 22 Tennessee No. 19 Florida Field • Gainesville, FL W 27–17  
October 29 Auburn No. 18 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 14–29  
November 5 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL ABC W 22–17  
November 12 No. 7 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, FL L 7–14  
November 19 Utah* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC) W 38–29  
November 26 Miami* Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, FL W 31–14  
December 3 No. 19 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, FL ABC L 9–37  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Primary source: 2016 Florida Gators Football Media Guide[1]

Game notes[edit]

Rice[edit]

In the season's opener, a 48–3 win over Rice, Cris Collinsworth hit Derrick Gaffney on a record 99-yard touchdown pass.[1]

Mississippi State[edit]

In the second week of play, Florida edged Mississippi State 24–22.

LSU[edit]

Louisiana State beat Florida 36–14. Wes Chandler had 146 yards receiving, including an 85-yard reception from Terry LeCount.[1]

Pittsburgh[edit]

Florida and Pitt tied 17–17.

Tennessee[edit]

The Gators called a timeout in the final seconds of a 27–17 win over the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee coach Johnny Majors was furious, and the post-game handshake ritual became a shoving match between coaching staffs.[3]

Auburn[edit]

The Auburn Tigers upset Florida 29–14.[4]

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 7 10 0 0 17
Florida 0 10 6 6 22

The Gators beat rival Georgia 22–17.[5]

Kentucky[edit]

The seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats defeated Florida 14–7.

Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 3 14 3 9 29
Florida 7 3 0 28 38

The Gators ran over the Utah Utes for 531 yards and won 38–29.[6]

Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 3 7 7 14 31
Miami (FL) 0 7 0 7 14

Florida defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31–14.[7]

Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
FSU 10 7 7 13 37
Florida 3 6 0 0 9
  • Date: December 3
  • Location: Florida Field, Gainesville, FL

Bobby Bowden got his first win over the Gators, as Florida State beat Florida 37–9.[8]

Postseason[edit]

Four Gators made All-SEC.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 2016 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ocala Star-Banner - Google News Archive Search". 
  3. ^ "The Weekly List: Florida-Tennessee Boils Blood Before and After Game". 
  4. ^ "Auburn's Miamian gives boot to Florida (October 30, 1977)". 
  5. ^ "What Furor? Gators Get It Together." Ocala Star-Banner. 1977 Nov 6.
  6. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1977 Nov 20.
  7. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1977 Nov 27.
  8. ^ Sentinel, Orlando. "1977 FSU team ended losing streak to Florida". 
  9. ^ "Boca Raton News - Google News Archive Search". 

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