1989 Florida Gators football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record7–5 (4–3 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWhitey Jordan
Defensive coordinatorGary Darnell (2nd season)
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 Tennessee + 6 1 0 11 1 0
No. 9 Alabama + 6 1 0 10 2 0
No. 6 Auburn + 6 1 0 10 2 0
Florida 4 3 0 7 5 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0 8 4 0
Georgia 4 3 0 6 6 0
Kentucky 2 5 0 6 5 0
LSU 2 5 0 4 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0 5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 7 0 1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. The 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

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 9Ole MissTBSL 19–2470,014
September 16Louisiana Tech*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
W 34–765,109[3]
September 23at Memphis State*W 38–1325,163
September 30vs. Mississippi StateW 21–068,189
October 7at LSUW 16–1374,527
October 14VanderbiltNo. 25
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
W 34–1169,121
October 21New Mexico*daggerNo. 20
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
W 27–2172,578
November 4at No. 12 AuburnNo. 19ESPNL 7–1085,214
November 11vs. GeorgiaNo. 20TBSL 10–1781,577
November 18Kentucky
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
W 38–2871,432
December 2No. 6 Florida State*
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
ESPNL 17–2475,124
December 30vs. Washington*NBCL 7–3433,858
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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

Personnel

1989 Florida Gators football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR Terence Barber
OL Chris Bromley
OL Brian Fisher
OL Cal Dixon
QB Donald Douglas
OL John Durden
OL Brad Hatcher
WR Tony Jones
TE Greg Keller
TE Kirk Kirkpatrick
WR Tony Lomack
RB Willie McClendon
RB Dexter McNabb
WR Ernie Mills
QB Kyle Morris
RB Darryl Perry
RB Errict Rhett
WR Stacey Simmons
RB Cedric Smith
RB Emmitt Smith
QB Lex Smith
OL Richard Starowesky
WR Alonzo Sullivan
TE Harvey Thomas
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB Ephesians Bartley
DL Mike Brandon
DL Brad Culpepper
DB Richard Fain
LB Monty Grow
DL Tony McCoy
LB Pat Moorer
DL Mark Murray
DB Godfrey Myles
DL Glenn Neely
LB Jerry Odom
LB Tim Paulk
LB Huey Richardson
DB Jimmy Spencer
DB Kerry Watkins
DB Will White
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K John David Francis
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Season summary

Ole Miss

See also: 1989 Ole Miss Rebels football team

Ole Miss Rebels (1–0) at Florida Gators (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Ole Miss 7 0 14324
Florida 3 3 01319

at Florida Field, Gainesville, Florida

  • Date: September 9, 1989
  • Game attendance: 70,014
  • Gainesville Sun, 1989 Sep 10.
Game information

Louisiana Tech

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana Tech 0 7 0 0 7
Florida 10 0 21 3 34

at Memphis State

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 10 14 7 7 38
Memphis State 7 3 3 0 13

Mississippi State

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 14 0 7 21

at Tampa, Florida

at LSU

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 3 0 3 10 16
LSU 0 10 0 3 13

Vanderbilt

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 3 0 8 11
Florida 10 17 7 0 34

New Mexico

1 2 3 4 Total
New Mexico 0 0 7 14 21
Florida 7 7 10 3 27

at Auburn

See also: Auburn–Florida football rivalry

#19 Florida Gators at #12 Auburn Tigers
1 2 34Total
Florida 7 0 007
Auburn 0 0 3710

at Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 4, 1989
  • Game attendance: 85,214
  • TV: ESPN
  • [4]
Game information

vs. Georgia

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 7 0 3 10
Georgia 0 3 14 0 17

at Jacksonville, Florida

Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 7 0 7 14 28
Florida 10 14 7 7 38

Florida State

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 7 3 7 7 24
Florida 3 7 0 7 17

Freedom Bowl (vs. Washington)

Main article: 1989 Freedom Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 0 0 0 7
Washington 17 10 0 7 34

at Anaheim, California

References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1989 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. ^ "34–7 whipping of La. Tech soothes troubles Gators". The Miami Herald. September 17, 1989. Retrieved July 7, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun, 1989 Nov 05.