1959 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 19
1959 record5–4–1 (2–4 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 44,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Georgia $ 7 0 0     10 1 0
No. 3 LSU 5 1 0     9 2 0
No. 2 Ole Miss 5 1 0     10 1 0
No. 10 Alabama 4 1 2     7 2 2
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 2     5 3 2
Georgia Tech 3 3 0     6 5 0
Tennessee 3 4 1     5 4 1
No. 19 Florida 2 4 0     5 4 1
Kentucky 1 6 0     4 6 0
Tulane 0 5 1     3 6 1
Mississippi State 0 7 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1959 NCAA University Division football season. The season was Bob Woodruff's tenth and last year as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators celebrated a close conference win over the Mississippi State Maroons (14–13), and suffered close conference defeats to the Vanderbilt Commodores (6–13), the top-ranked LSU Tigers (0–9) and the eighth-ranked Auburn Tigers (0–6). Woodruff finished his tenure on a high note, with the Gators' victories over the Florida State Seminoles (18–8) and the twelfth-ranked Miami Hurricanes (23–14), their primary in-state rivals. Woodruff's 1959 Florida Gators finished with an overall record of 5–4–1 and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 2–4, placing ninth among twelve SEC teams.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 18at TulaneW 30–030,000[3]
September 26Mississippi StateNo. 19W 14–1333,330
October 3Virginia*No. 19
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 55–1025,136
October 10at Rice*No. 17T 13–1333,449
October 17at VanderbiltNo. 19L 6–1319,384
October 24No. 1 LSUdagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 0–947,578
October 31at No. 8 AuburnL 0–631,681
November 7vs. No. 11 GeorgiaL 10–2140,726
November 21Florida State*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 18–838,359
November 28vs. No. 12 Miami (FL)*
  • Gator Bowl Stadium
  • Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)
W 23–1423,681
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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

Attendance figures: University of Florida 1960 Football Brochure.[4]

Postseason

Despite having returned the Gators to competitive respectability within the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in his ten seasons as the Gators' coach and athletic director, University of Florida president J. Wayne Reitz declined to renew Woodruff's contract in 1959 after two previous contract extensions. Woodruff returned to the University of Tennessee, his alma mater, in 1963, where he became the long-time athletic director of the Tennessee Volunteers sports program. During the 1950s, the Gators compiled an overall record of 53–42–6 (.555) during the decade.

References

  1. ^ Department of Sports Publicity. "University of Florida 1959 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. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Gators explode to swamp Green Wave, 30–0". The Orlando Sentinel. September 19, 1959. Retrieved September 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Department of Sports Publicity. "University of Florida 1960 Football Brochure" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.