1986 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1986 record6–5 (2–4 SEC)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorZaven Yaralian (1st season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 LSU $ 5 1 0 9 3 0
No. 6 Auburn 4 2 0 10 2 0
No. 9 Alabama 4 2 0 10 3 0
Georgia 4 2 0 8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0 8 3 1
Tennessee 3 3 0 7 5 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0 6 5 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 5 5 1
Florida 2 4 0 6 5 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Galen Hall's third as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The 1986 Florida Gators compiled a 6–5 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 2–4, tying for 7th place among Ten SEC teams. This was the last year that Florida lost to the Kentucky Wildcats until 2018. This was the longest annual win streak of any team over another in NCAA history and the longest such streak in Southeastern Conference history.[2]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
August 30No. 1 (I-AA) Georgia Southern*No. 13W 38–1474,221
September 6No. 2 Miami (FL)*No. 13
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 15–2374,875
September 20No. 4 AlabamaNo. 13
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 7–2174,685
September 27at Mississippi StateL 10–1638,625
October 4No. 18 LSU
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
L 17–2874,221
October 11Kent State*dagger
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 52–973,718
October 18at Rutgers*W 15–336,781
November 1No. 5 Auburn
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
W 18–1774,521
November 8vs. No. 19 GeorgiaW 31–1981,957
November 15at KentuckyL 3–1052,160
November 29at Florida State*W 17–1362,307
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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

Personnel

1986 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Kerwin Bell Jr
RB Larry Bernstein
QB Rodney Brewer
OL John Durden
RB Dwayne Ferguson (C)
WR Ed Frazier
RB Octavius Gould
WR Eric Hodges
TE Rodney Jones
QB Pepe Lescano
RB Tony Lomack
RB James Massey
OL Frank McCarthy
TE Mark McGriff
WR 89 Ricky Nattiel (C) Sr
WR Stacey Simmons
OL Bob Sims
RB Cedric Smith
WR Bret Wiechmann
RB Anthony Williams
OL David Williams
RB Wayne Williams
WR Darrell Woulard
OL Charlie Wright
OL Jeff Zimmerman
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Scott Armstrong (C)
LB Clifford Charlton
DB Richard Fain
LB Pat Moorer
LB Ron Moten
DB Rick Mulberry
DB Louis Oliver
DL Jeff Roth
LB Steve Stipe
DB Kerry Watkins
DL Rhondy Weston
DB Adrian White
LB Arthur White
DB Jarvis Williams
DL Keith Williams
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Jeff Dawson
P Jamie McAndrew
K Robert McGinty
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Season summary

Georgia Southern

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia Southern 0 0 0 14 14
Florida 7 14 3 14 38

Miami (FL)

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 7 0 9 7 23
Florida 0 9 0 6 15

Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 14 7 21
Florida 7 0 0 0 7

at Mississippi State

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 0 3 0 10
Mississippi State 0 10 3 3 16

LSU

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 14 7 0 7 28
Florida 3 14 0 0 17

Kerwin Bell was injured during the game. [3]

Kent State

1 234Total
Kent State 0 306 9
Florida 7 211410 52

[4]

at Rutgers

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 0 9 0 15
Rutgers 0 0 3 0 3

at Giants Stadium

Auburn

#5 Auburn at Florida
1 234Total
Auburn 7 730 17
Florida 0 0018 18

For most of the game, coach Pat Dye's fifth-ranked 1986 Auburn Tigers dominated coach Galen Hall's unranked Gators at Florida Field.[5] The Tigers defense was stifling, and forced Gators substitute quarterback Rodney Brewer to commit four turnovers in the first two quarters.[5] Hall replaced Brewer with starting quarterback Kerwin Bell, who had missed two games with a knee injury.[5] Tigers tailback Brent Fullwood gained 166 yards on the ground, including a second-quarter touchdown, to give Auburn a 17–0 lead early in the fourth quarter.[5] Bell then led the Gators on two scoring drives, with Gators placekicker Robert McGinty—a transfer from Auburn—booting a 51-yard field goal to close the Tigers' advantage to 17−10 with 1:45 to play.[6] With thirty-six seconds remaining in the game, Bell directed one final 79-yard drive in ten plays that was capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ricky Nattiel, who was playing with a separated shoulder.[5] The limping Bell then surprised the Tigers defense by running in the two-point conversion and completing the comeback, with the Gators winning 18–17.[7]

vs. Georgia

See also: 1986 Georgia Bulldogs football team

1 234Total
Georgia 10 630 19
Florida 0 10714 31

[8]

at Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 3 0 0 3
Kentucky 7 0 0 3 10

at Florida State

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 3 0 7 17
Florida State 3 7 3 0 13

References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1986 Football Guide" (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. ^ "Lsu Greases Florida's Slide -- Bell Injured".
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 12 Oct 1986.
  5. ^ a b c d e Paul Jenkins, "Ask not for whom the Bell tolls: Florida 18, Auburn 17," The Gainesville Sun, pp. 1F & 10F (November 2, 1986). Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Bob Dunkel, "UF kicker McGinty gets revenge," The Gainesville Sun, p. 10F (November 2, 1986). Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Bob Greene, "Kramer's last-second pass lifts Wolfpack," Madison Courier, p. B5 (November 3, 1986). Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1986 Nov 9.