1949 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1949 record4–5–1 (1–4–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive schemeT formation
CaptainJames W. Kynes
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 22,800)[1]
Seasons
← 1948
1950 →
1949 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Tulane $ 5 1 0 7 2 1
No. 11 Kentucky 4 1 0 9 3 0
No. 17 Tennessee 4 1 1 7 2 1
Georgia Tech 5 2 0 7 3 0
No. 9 LSU 4 2 0 8 3 0
Alabama 4 3 1 6 3 1
Vanderbilt 4 4 0 5 5 0
Auburn 2 4 2 2 4 3
Ole Miss 2 4 0 4 5 1
Florida 1 4 1 4 5 1
Georgia 1 4 1 4 6 1
Mississippi State 0 6 0 0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1949 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1949 college football season. The season was Raymond Wolf's fourth and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Wolf's 1949 Florida Gators finished 4–5–1 overall and 1–4–1 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing tenth of twelve SEC teams,[2] and ending the Gators' "Golden Era."

Schedule

The highlight of the 1949 season was the Gators' 28–7 upset of the Georgia Bulldogs.[3] Led by halfback Chuck Hunsinger, who rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns, and team captain Jimmy Kynes, who was the defensive star and played every minute of the sixty-minute game,[3] the Gators beat the Dawgs for the first time since 1940.

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 24The Citadel*W 13–0
October 1at Tulsa*W 40–7
October 8vs. AuburnT 14–14
October 15vs. VanderbiltL 17–22
October 22Georgia Techdagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
L 14–43
October 9Furman*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 28–27
November 5vs. Georgia
  • Gator Bowl Stadium
  • Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)
W 28–7
November 12vs. No. 14 KentuckyL 0–35
November 18at Miami (FL)*L 13–28
November 26Alabama
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 13–35
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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

Mr. Two Bits

The otherwise lackluster season is notable for the beginning of the Mr. Two Bits tradition. Tampa insurance salesman George Edmondson, Jr., a former Citadel student, was in attendance at the season opening game against his former school and was struck by the lack of support shown by the fans at Florida Field. Feeling sorry for Florida's players, he began leading his section in the traditional "two bits" cheer. The Gators won, and the cheer was so well received that Edmonson returned to Gainesville later in the season to lead it again. This began a decades-long tradition, as Edmonson would continue to lead the cheer from the stands and (eventually) from the field as "Mr. Two Bits" until his retirement from the role in 2008.[4] Since then, Gator "celebrities" and selected students have filled the role.

Postseason

After Wolf left Gainesville, he returned to his alma mater, Texas Christian University, where he became a long-time administrator.

References

  1. ^ The Department of Publicity and The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "1949 Florida Football Facts 'n Figures" (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, pp. 110–111 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Noel Nash, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois, pp. 11–13 (1998).
  4. ^ Gators' Mr. Two-Bits to hang it up after 60 years at Florida – Orlando Sentinel