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1989 Florida Gators football team

The Florida Gators football team represents the University of Florida in the sport of American football. The University of Florida fielded its first official varsity football team in the fall of 1906, and has fielded a team every season since then, with the exception of 1943. During the 1980s, the Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Florida Field on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.

This article includes a game-by-game list of the Florida Gators' ten football seasons from 1980 to 1989. During the 1980s, the Gators were coached by Charles B. "Charley" Pell (1979–1984), Galen S. Hall (1984–1989) and Gary B. Darnell (1989). Pell, Hall and Darnell compiled an overall record of 76–38–3 (.662) during the decade.

Contents: 1980  · 1981  · 1982  · 1983  · 1984  · 1985  · 1986  · 1987  · 1988  · 1989


1980

1980
Tangerine Bowl, W 35–20 vs. Maryland
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #19
1980 record 8–4 (4–2 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Charley Pell
Offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan
Captain Rod Brooks
Cris Collinsworth
David Little
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1980 college football 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[1]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–13–1980 California* Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida W 41–13  
9–20–1980 Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, Georgia W 45–12  
9–27–1980 Mississippi State Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 21–15  
10–4–1980 Louisiana State #19 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 7–24  
10–18–1980 Mississippi Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi W 15–3  
10–25–1980 Louisville* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 13–0  
11–1–1980 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 21–10  
11–8–1980 #2 Georgia #20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC L 21–26  
11–15–1980 Kentucky #20 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky W 17–15  
11–22–1980 Miami* #18 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida ABC L 7–31  
11–29–1980 #3 Florida State* #19 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC L 13–17  
12–20–1980 Maryland* Orlando StadiumOrlando, Fla. (Tangerine Bowl) MTN W 35–20  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1981

1981
Conference Southeastern Conference
1981 record 7–5 (3–3 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Charley Pell
Offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan
Defensive coordinator Joe Kines
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1981 college football season was Charley Pell's third year as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's 1981 Florida Gators posted an overall record of 7–5 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, and tying for fourth place among ten SEC teams.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–5–1981 Miami* #17 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida L 20–21  
9–12–1981 Furman* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 35–7  
9–19–1981 Georgia Tech* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 27–6  
9–26–1981 #12 Mississippi State Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi ABC L 7–28  
10–3–1981 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 24–10  
10–10–1981 Maryland* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 15–10  
10–17–1981 Mississippi Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 49–3  
10–31–1981 Auburn Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 12–14  
11–7–1981 #4 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida ABC L 21–26  
11–14–1981 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 33–12  
11–28–1981 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 35–3  
12–31–1981 West Virginia* Fulton County StadiumAtlanta, Ga. (Peach Bowl) CBS L 6–26  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1982

1982
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #25
1982 record 8–4 (3–3 T-6th SEC)
Head coach Charley Pell
Offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan
Defensive coordinator Joe Kines
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1982 college football season was the fourth for Charley Pell as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's 1982 Florida Gators posted an 8–4 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, tying for sixth place in the ten-team SEC.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–4–1982 #15 Miami* #16 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 17–14  
9–11–1982 #10 Southern California* #11 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 17–9  
9–25–1982 Mississippi State #5 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 27–17  
10–2–1982 Louisiana State #4 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 13–24  
10–9–1982 Vanderbilt #14 Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee L 29–31  
10–16–1982 West Texas State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 77–14  
10–30–1982 #19 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 19–17  
11–6–1982 #3 Georgia #20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS L 0–44  
11–13–1982 Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky W 39–13  
11–20–1982 Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana W 21–14  
12–4–1982 #15 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 13–10  
12–31–1982 #14 Arkansas* AstrodomeHouston, Texas (Bluebonnet Bowl) MTN L 24–28  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1983

1983
Gator Bowl, W 14–6 v. Iowa
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1983 record 9–2–1 (4–2 T-3rd SEC)
Head coach Charley Pell
Offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan
Defensive coordinator Joe Kines
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1983 college football season was Charley Pell's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's 1983 Florida Gators posted a 9–2–1 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–2, placing third among ten SEC teams.[2] The 1983 season was the first in which Florida was ranked among the top ten teams in the final Associated Press (AP) poll and was only the second time that the Gators were ranked in every weekly AP Poll throughout the season (1975 being the first).

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–3–1983 Miami* #16 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 28–3  
9–10–1983 #9 Southern California* #18 Los Angeles ColiseumLos Angeles, California T 19–19  
9–17–1983 Indiana State* #15 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 17–13  
9–24–1983 Mississippi State #15 Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 35–12  
10–1–1983 #16 Louisiana State #12 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 31–17  
10–8–1983 Vanderbilt #9 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 29–10  
10–22–1983 East Carolina* #6 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 24–17  
10–29–1983 #4 Auburn #5 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama L 21–28  
11–5–1983 #4 Georgia #9 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS L 9–10  
11–12–1983 Kentucky #14 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 24–7  
12–3–1983 Florida State* #12 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 53–14  
12–30–1983 #10 Iowa* #11 Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, Fla. (Gator Bowl) ABC W 14–6  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1984

1984
*SEC Championship (vacated)
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #3
1984 record 9–1–1 (5–0–1 1st* SEC)
Head coach Charley Pell (first 3 games)
Galen Hall (last 8 games)
Offensive coordinator Galen Hall (first 3 games)
Defensive coordinator Joe Kines
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1984 college football season was Charley Pell's sixth and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team; after the third game of the season, Pell was replaced as the Gators' head coach by his new offensive coordinator, Galen Hall. After the Gators began the season as a 1–1–1 team under Pell, Hall's 1984 Florida Gators posted a 9–1–1 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 5–0–1 (8–0–0 and 4–0–0, respectively, under Hall), finishing first among ten SEC teams,[2] and were recognized as the SEC champions. The Gators finished third in both the Associated Press Poll and Coaches Poll, and were also named national champions by twenty-two publications including The New York Times and The Sporting News.

On May 30, 1985, the presidents of the ten SEC-member universities voted 6–4 to vacate the Gators' 1984 SEC title and declared the team ineligible for the SEC championship during the upcoming 1985 and 1986 seasons because of the rule violations committed under Pell. The retroactive vacating of the 1984 championship, six months after the 1984 football season ended, drew an angry response from University of Florida president Marshall Criser, as well as Gators coaches, players and fans due to the retroactive nature of the decision and its perceived unfairness.[3]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–1–1984 #10 Miami* #17 Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida ESPN L 20–32  
9–8–1984 Louisiana State Florida FieldGainesville, Florida TBS T 21–21  
9–15–1984 Tulane* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 63–21  
9–29–1984 Mississippi State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 27–12  
10–6–1984 Syracuse* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 16–0  
10–13–1984 Tennessee #18 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee W 43–30  
10–20–1984 Cincinnati* #17 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 48–17  
11–3–1984 #11 Auburn #13 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida ABC W 24–3  
11–10–1984 #8 Georgia #10 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida CBS W 27–0  
11–17–1984 Kentucky #5 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky TBS W 25–17  
12–1–1984 #12 Florida State* #3 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ABC W 27–17  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1985

1985
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #5
1985 record 9–1–1 (5–1 T-1st* SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall
Defensive coordinator Charlie Bailey
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1985 college football season was the second for Galen Hall as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team, having coached the 1984 Gators' final eight games as their interim coach. Hall's 1985 Florida Gators, while ineligible to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) title or receive a bowl bid because of NCAA probation, finished with a 9–1–1 overall record and an SEC record of 5–1, tying for first place in the ten-team SEC.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–7–1985 Miami* #5 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida W 35–23  
9–14–1985 Rutgers* #3 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida T 28–28  
9–28–1985 Mississippi State #11 Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 36–22  
10–5–1985 #8 Louisiana State #11 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 20–0  
10–12–1985 #14 Tennessee #7 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 17–10  
10–19–1985 Southwestern Louisiana* #5 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 45–0  
10–26–1985 Virginia Tech* #2 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 35–18  
11–2–1985 #6 Auburn #2 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama W 14–10  
11–9–1985 #17 Georgia #1 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida L 3–24  
11–16–1985 Kentucky #11 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 15–13  
11–30–1985 #12 Florida State* #6 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 38–14  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1986

1986
Conference Southeastern Conference
1986 record 6–5 (2–4 SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall
Defensive coordinator Zaven Yaralian
Captain Scott Armstrong
Dwayne Ferguson
Ricky Nattiel
Home stadium Florida Field

Season overview

The 1986 college football season was Galen Hall's third as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1986 Florida Gators compiled a 6–5 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 2–4, tying for seventh place among the ten SEC teams.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
8–30–1986 Georgia Southern* #13 Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 38–14  
9–6–1986 #2 Miami* #13 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 15–23  
9–20–1986 #4 Alabama #13 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 7–21  
9–27–1986 Mississippi State Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi L 10–16  
10–4–1986 #18 Louisiana State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 17–28  
10–11–1986 Kent State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 52–9  
10–18–1986 Rutgers* Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, New Jersey W 15–3  
11–1–1986 #5 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 18–17  
11–8–1986 #19 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida W 31–19  
11–15–1986 Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky L 3–10  
11–29–1986 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida          W 17–13  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


1987

1987
Aloha Bowl, L 16–20 v. UCLA
Conference Southeastern Conference
1987 record 6–6 (3–3 6th SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall
Defensive coordinator Zaven Yaralian
Home stadium Florida Field


Season overview

The 1987 college football season was the fourth for Galen Hall as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1987 Florida Gators posted a 6–6 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, placing sixth among ten SEC teams.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–5–1987 #10 Miami* #20 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida TBS L 4–31  
9–12–1987 Tulsa* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 52–0  
9–19–1987 #11 Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama TBS W 23–14  
9–26–1987 Mississippi State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 38–3  
10–3–1987 #7 Louisiana State #19 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN L 10–13  
10–10–1987 Cal State Fullerton* #18 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 65–0  
10–17–1987 Temple* #14 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) W 34–3  
10–31–1987 #6 Auburn #10 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN L 6–29  
11–7–1987 #10 Georgia #17 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida TBS L 10–23  
11–14–1987 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 27–14  
11–28–1987 #3 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 14–28  
12–25–1987 #10 UCLA* Aloha StadiumHonolulu, Hawaii (Aloha Bowl) ABC L 16–20  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1988

1988
, W 14–10 v. Illinois
Conference Southeastern Conference
1988 record 7–5 (4–3 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall
Offensive coordinator Lynn Amadee
Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell
Home stadium Florida Field


Season overview

The 1988 college football season was Galen Hall's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1988 Florida Gators finished with a 7–5 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–3, tying for fourth place among the ten SEC teams.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–3–1988 Montana State* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 69–0  
9–10–1988 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi W 27–15  
9–17–1988 Indiana State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 58–0  
9–24–1988 Mississippi State #20 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 17–0  
10–1–1988 #14 Louisiana State #17 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida CBS W 19–6  
10–8–1988 Memphis State* #14 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida L 11–17  
10–15–1988 Vanderbilt #20 Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee TBS L 9–24  
10–29–1988 #9 Auburn Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida (Homecoming) ESPN L 0–16  
11–5–1988 #19 Georgia Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida TBS L 3–26  
11–12–1988 Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky W 24–19  
11–26–1988 #5 Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ESPN L 17–52  
12–29–1988 Illinois Legion FieldBirmingham, Ala. () ESPN W 14–10  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1989

1989
, L 7–34 v. Washington
Conference Southeastern Conference
1989 record 7–5 (4–3 T-4th SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall (first 5 games)
Gary Darnell (last 7 games)
Offensive coordinator Whitey Jordan
Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell (first 5 games)
Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Season overview

The 1989 college football season was Galen Hall's sixth and final season as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team; Hall was replaced as the Gators head coach after five games by his defensive coordinator, Gary Darnell. Hall and Darnell's 1989 Florida Gators posted an overall record of 7–5 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–3, tying for fourth place in the ten-team SEC.[2]

Schedule and results

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
9–9–1989 Mississippi Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida TBS L 19–24  
9–16–1989 Louisiana Tech* Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 34–7  
10–23–1989 Memphis State* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, Tennessee W 38–13  
9–30–1989 Mississippi State Tampa StadiumTampa, Florida W 21–0  
10–7–1989 Louisiana State Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 16–13  
10–14–1989 Vanderbilt #25 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 34–11  
10–21–1989 New Mexico* #20 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Fla. (Homecoming) W 27–21  
11–4–1989 #12 Auburn #19 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN L 7–10  
11–11–1989 Georgia #20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida TBS L 10–17  
11–18–1989 Kentucky Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida W 38–28  
12–2–1989 #6 Florida State* Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, Florida ESPN L 17–24  
12–30–1989 Washington* Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, California () NBC L 7–34  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

See also

American football portal
College football portal
Florida portal

References

Bibliography

  • 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.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
  • Proctor, Samuel, & Wright Langley, Gator History: A Pictorial History of the University of Florida, South Star Publishing Company, Gainesville, Florida (1986). ISBN 0-938637-00-2.

External links

  • College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results: 1980–1984. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  • College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results: 1985–1989. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
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