2003 Florida Gators football team

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2003 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators script logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division co-champions
Outback Bowl, L 37–17 vs. Iowa
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 25
AP No. 24
2003 record 8–5 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Ron Zook
Offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher
Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong
Captain Daryl Dixon
Keiwan Ratliff
Max Starks
Ben Troupe
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
« 2002 2004 »
2003 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Georgia xy   6 2         11 3  
#15 Tennessee x   6 2         10 3  
#24 Florida x   6 2         8 5  
South Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   1 7         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#2 LSU xy$#   7 1         13 1  
#13 Ole Miss x   7 1         10 3  
Auburn   5 3         8 5  
Arkansas   4 4         9 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 9  
Mississippi State   1 7         2 10  
Championship: LSU 34, Georgia 13
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2003 college football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were led by second-year coach Ron Zook, who coached the Gators to a first-place tie in the SEC East, an Outback Bowl berth, and an overall win-loss record of 8–5 (.615). Consensus All-American Keiwan Ratliff set the school single-season interception mark in 2003 with 9.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
8–30–2003 San Jose State* Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida PPV W 65–3   90,011
9–6–2003 No. 3 Miami* No. 21 Orange BowlMiami ABC L 33–38   79,932
9–13–2003 Florida A&M* No. 19 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida PPV W 63–3   90,087
9–20–2003 No. 12 Tennessee No. 17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 10–24   90,332
9–27–2003 Kentucky No. 25 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky JPS W 24–21   70,579
10–4–2003 Mississippi No. 24 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida JPS L 17–20   90,101
10–11–2003 No. 6 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana CBS W 19–7   92,077
10–18–2003 No. 11 Arkansas D.W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas CBS W 33–28   73,934
11–1–2003 No. 4 Georgia No. 23 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS W 16–13   84,411
11–8–2003 Vanderbilt No. 17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida (HC) PPV W 35–17   90,122
11–15–2003 South Carolina No. 15 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina JPS W 24–22   81,523
11–29–2003 No. 9 Florida State* No. 11 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 34–38   90,407
1–1–2004 No. 13 Iowa* No. 17 Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 17–37   65,372
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Sources: 2012 Florida Football Media Guide,[1] and GatorZone.com.[2]

Game summaries[edit]

San Jose State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
San Jose St 3 0 0 0 3
• Florida 3 27 14 21 65

[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
  • 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 114 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2003. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ^ ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Jul-31.

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