1980 Florida Gators football team
|1980 Florida Gators football|
|1980 record||8–4 (4–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Charley Pell (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Shanahan (1st season)|
|1980 SEC football standings|
|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|
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. 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. 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. 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. Linebacker David Little set the career record for tackles by a Gator and was consensus All-American. Receiver Cris Collinsworth was first-team All-American. The season features the famous "Run Lindsay Run" in the close loss to national champion Georgia.
|September 13||California*||Tampa Stadium • Tampa, Florida||W 41–13||41,388|
|September 20||Georgia Tech*||Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia||W 45–12||35,165|
|September 27||Mississippi State||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 21–15||56,225|
|October 4||LSU||No. 19||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||L 7–24||59,299|
|October 18||Ole Miss||Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, Mississippi||W 15–3||36,012|
|October 25||Louisville*||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 13–0||62,687|
|November 1||Auburn||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 21–10||63,274|
|November 8||No. 2 Georgia||No. 20||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Florida||ABC||L 21–26||68,528|
|November 15||Kentucky||No. 20||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, Kentucky||W 17–15||51,766|
|November 29||Miami (FL)*||No. 18||Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida||ABC||L 7–31||56,437|
|December 6||No. 3 Florida State*||No. 19||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, Florida||ABC||L 13–17||53,772|
|December 20||Maryland*||Orlando Stadium • Orlando, Florida (Tangerine Bowl)||MTN||W 35–20||52,541|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
|1980 Florida Gators football team roster|
- Sports Publicity Department. "1980 Press Guide University of Florida" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 95–96 (2007).
- 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.
- "Consensus All-America Teams (1980-1989)". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
- 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.