2003 Florida Gators football team

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2003 Florida Gators football
Florida Gators script logo.svg
SEC Eastern Division co-champion
Outback Bowl, L 17–37 vs. Iowa
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 25
AP No. 24
2003 record 8–5 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Ron Zook (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (1st season)
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
No. 7 Georgia xy   6 2         11 3  
No. 15 Tennessee x   6 2         10 3  
No. 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
No. 2 LSU xy$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 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
August 30 San Jose State* Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL PPV W 65–3   90,011
September 6 at No. 3 Miami (FL)* No. 21 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC L 33–38   79,932
September 13 Florida A&M* No. 19 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 63–3   90,087
September 20 No. 12 Tennessee No. 17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS L 10–24   90,332
September 27 at Kentucky No. 25 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY JPS W 24–21   70,579
October 4 Ole Miss No. 24 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL JPS L 17–20   90,101
October 11 at No. 6 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA CBS W 19–7   92,077
October 18 at No. 11 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR CBS W 33–28   73,934
November 1 vs. No. 4 Georgia No. 23 Alltel StadiumJacksonville, FL CBS W 16–13   84,411
November 8 Vanderbiltdagger No. 17 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL PPV W 35–17   90,122
November 15 at South Carolina No. 15 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC JPS W 24–22   81,523
November 29 No. 9 Florida State* No. 11 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS L 34–38   90,407
January 1 vs. No. 13 Iowa* No. 17 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 17–37   65,372
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #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 Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine., 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.