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The 1960 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1960 NCAA University Division football season. The season was Ray Graves' first of ten and one of his three most successful as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Graves' 1960 Florida Gators finished with a 9–2 overall record a 5–1 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing second among the twelve SEC teams[2]—their best-ever SEC finish to date.

1960 Florida Gators football
Gator Bowl, W 13–12 vs. Baylor
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 18
1960 record9–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coachRay Graves (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorPepper Rodgers (1st season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 44,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1959
1961 →
1960 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Ole Miss $ 5 0 1     10 0 1
No. 18 Florida 5 1 0     9 2 0
No. 9 Alabama 5 1 1     8 1 2
No. 13 Auburn 5 2 0     8 2 0
Tennessee 3 2 2     6 2 2
Georgia 4 3 0     6 4 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 0     5 5 0
LSU 2 3 1     5 4 1
Kentucky 2 4 1     5 4 1
Tulane 1 4 1     3 6 1
Mississippi State 0 5 1     2 6 1
Vanderbilt 0 7 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Before the seasonEdit

Graves was a former Tennessee Volunteers lineman and assistant under coach Robert Neyland, and became a long-time Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive assistant for coach Bobby Dodd.[3] Graves' arrival in Gainesville heralded a change in the Gators' football outlook: no longer would the Gators espouse Bob Woodruff's conservative, ball control, "go for the tie" philosophy.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17vs. George Washington*W 30–717,000
September 24Florida State*W 3–038,000
October 1No. 10 Georgia Tech
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 18–1739,000
October 8vs. Rice*No. 18L 0–1017,535
October 15Vanderbilt
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 12–031,000
October 22at Louisiana StateW 13–1047,000
October 29No. 14 Auburn
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 7–1040,000
November 5vs. Georgia
  • Gator Bowl Stadium
  • Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)
W 22–1448,622
November 12Tulane No. 20
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 21–644,000
November 26at Miami (FL)*No. 19
  • Orange Bowl Stadium
  • Miami, FL (rivalry)
W 18–060,122
December 31vs. No. 12 Baylor*
CBSW 13–1250,112
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide[2]

Attendance figures: University of Florida 1961 Football Brochure.[4]


PostseasonEdit

The Gators capped their first-ever nine-win season with a hard-fought 13–12 victory over the twelfth-ranked Baylor Bears in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Eve 1960. In the Gator Bowl, the Gators defense halted a 75-yard drive by Baylor on the half-yard line in the first quarter, then set the stage for two second quarter touchdowns. Baylor dropped a pass for the two-point conversion and the win, and quarterback Libertore was voted game MVP.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Department of Sports Publicity. "University of Florida 1960 Football Brochure" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Julian M. Pleasants, Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, p. 189 (2006).
  4. ^ Department of Sports Publicity. "University of Florida 1961 Football Brochure" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  5. ^ University Athletic Association / IMG College copyright 2015. "Gator Bowl Memories: Gators Hold Off Baylor in Wild Finish to Claim 1960 Gator Bowl". gatorzone.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2016-07-09.