1980 Florida Gators football team

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1980 Florida Gators football
Tangerine Bowl, W 35–20 vs. Maryland
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
1980 record8–4 (4–2 SEC)
Head coachCharley Pell (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Shanahan (1st season)
CaptainRod Brooks
Cris Collinsworth
David Little
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 62,800)[1]
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Georgia $ 6 0 0     12 0 0
No. 6 Alabama 5 1 0     10 2 0
No. 19 Mississippi State 5 1 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 2 0     8 4 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     3 8 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 8 0
Auburn 0 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the Florida Gators football team's second season under new head coach Charles B. "Charley" Pell, and marked a remarkable one-year turnaround for the Gators from their 0–10–1 record in 1979.[2] The winless 1979 season was the worst season in Gators history, and it was Pell's first campaign as the new head coach of the Gators, after the Gators' previous head coach, Doug Dickey, was fired in the aftermath of a 4–7 season in 1978.[2] Pell's 1980 Florida Gators posted an 8–4 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–2, tying for fourth place in the ten-team SEC.[3] The Gators capped their season with a 35–20 bowl victory over the Maryland Terrapins in the Tangerine Bowl, marking the first time in the history of major college football that a winless team received a bowl bid the following season.[2] Linebacker David Little set the career record for tackles by a Gator and was consensus All-American.[4] Receiver Cris Collinsworth was first-team All-American. The season features the famous "Run Lindsay Run" in the close loss to national champion Georgia.[5]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13California*W 41–1341,388
September 20Georgia Tech*W 45–1235,165
September 27Mississippi StateW 21–1556,225
October 4LSUNo. 19
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
L 7–2459,299
October 18Ole MissW 15–336,012
October 25Louisville*dagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 13–062,687
November 1Auburn
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 21–1063,274
November 8No. 2 GeorgiaNo. 20ABCL 21–2668,528
November 15KentuckyNo. 20W 17–1551,766
November 29Miami (FL)*No. 18
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
ABCL 7–3156,437
December 6at No. 3 Florida State*No. 19ABCL 13–1753,772
December 20Maryland*MTNW 35–2052,541
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[3]


Roster[edit]

1980 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 87 Mike Clark Sr
WR 21 Cris Collinsworth Sr
TE 80 Chris Faulkner So
QB Bob Hewko
WR Spencer Jackson
FB 30 James Jones So
QB Wayne Peace Fr
C 59 Doug Smith
OT 70 Joe Wickline
WR 10 Tyrone Young
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 43 Thad Adams So
  Sonny Gilliam
DE 57 Tim Golden
S Tim Groves
CB 24 Kyle Knight
LB 88 Wilber Marshall Fr
CB 47 Bruce Vaughan
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Brian Clark
P Mark Dickert
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries[edit]

Georgia[edit]

#20 Florida Gators (6–1) vs. #2 Georgia Bulldogs (8–0)
1 2 34Total
Georgia 7 7 6626
Florida 3 7 01121

at Gator BowlJacksonville, Florida


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Publicity Department. "1980 Press Guide University of Florida" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 95–96 (2007).
  3. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 111–112 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Consensus All-America Teams (1980-1989)". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Belue-to-Scott Desperation Pass Saves 'Dogs from Jaws of Gators", The Albany Sunday Herald, p. 1D (November 9, 1980). Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1980 Nov 09. Retrieved 2019-Jan-02.
  7. ^ 24/7 Sports. Retrieved 2019-Jan-02.