2000 Florida Gators football
SEC champions
SEC Eastern Division champions
Sugar Bowl, L 20–37 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 10
2000 record10–3 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorJon Hoke (2nd season)
CaptainAlex Brown
Derrick Chambers
Jesse Palmer
Gerard Warren
Alex Willis
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
(Capacity: 83,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 10 Florida x$   7 1         10 3  
No. 19 South Carolina   5 3         8 4  
No. 20 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
Tennessee   5 3         8 4  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 8  
Kentucky   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
No. 18 Auburn x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 5  
No. 24 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Arkansas   3 5         6 6  
Alabama   3 5         3 8  
Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were coached by Steve Spurrier, who led the Gators to their sixth SEC championship, a Sugar Bowl berth, and an overall win-loss record of 10–3 (.769). The season was the team's eleventh of twelve under Spurrier.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 2Ball State*No. 9PPVW 40–1985,095
September 9Middle Tennessee*No. 8
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
PPVW 55–084,311
September 16at No. 11 TennesseeNo. 6CBSW 27–23108,768
September 23KentuckyNo. 3
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
CBSW 59–3185,319
September 30at Mississippi StateNo. 3CBSL 35–4743,816
October 7LSUNo. 12
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
JPSW 41–985,365
October 14No. 19 AuburnNo. 10
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL (rivalry)
CBSW 38–785,710
October 28vs. No. 13 GeorgiaNo. 8CBSW 34–2384,404
November 4at VanderbiltNo. 6JPSW 43–2132,714
November 11No. 21 South CarolinadaggerNo. 5
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Gainesville, FL
CBSW 41–2185,718
November 18at No. 3 Florida State*No. 4ABCL 7–3083,042
December 2vs. No. 18 AuburnNo. 7ABCW 28–673,427
January 2, 2001vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)*No. 7ABCL 20–3764,407
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[2][3]

Game summaries

Ball State

1 234Total
Ball St 7 390 19
• Florida 12 1477 40

[4]

Middle Tennessee St.

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee State 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 21 17 10 7 55

Tennessee

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 7 10 10 27
Tennessee 3 9 8 3 23

Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 3 14 7 7 31
Florida 10 28 14 7 59

Mississippi State

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 10 13 12 35
Mississippi State 5 11 8 23 47

September 30, 2000

The Florida Gators came into Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi ranked third in the nation. The unranked Mississippi State Bulldogs ran for 351 yards, 172 yards and a touchdown for Dicenzo Miller, and 156 yards and a touchdown for Dontae Walker. Bulldogs quarterback Wayne Madkin also ran for two touchdowns. The Bulldogs compiled 517 total yards of offense.

A frustrated Steve Spurrier rotated three quarterbacks including Rex Grossman. Grossman went 13 for 16 with 231 yards and two touchdowns. All together, the Gators had 494 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Mississippi State won the game 47–35, breaking Florida's 72-game winning streak against unranked teams in front of a crowd of 43,816. After the game, the Mississippi State fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts, parts of which ended up all over campus.

Florida Mississippi State
First Downs 26 25
Rushed-Yards 22-M78 57-351
Passing Yards 494 166
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-23 6-58
Return Yards 73 54
Passes 34-57-1 14-27-2
Punts 1-45.0 7-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-46 10-85
Time of Possession 25:16 34:44

LSU

1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 0 3 0 6 9
Florida 7 10 10 14 41

Auburn

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 7 0 0 7
Florida 14 21 0 3 38

Georgia

See also: 2000 Georgia Bulldogs football team and Florida–Georgia football rivalry

Florida Gators (6–1) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (6–1)
1 2 34Total
Florida 9 8 10734
Georgia 3 14 0623

at Alltel StadiumJacksonville, Florida

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Sunny • 84 °F (29 °C) • Wind N 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h; 2.6 kn)
  • Game attendance: 84,404
  • Referee: Rogers Redding
  • TV: CBS
  • Automated ScoreBook

Vanderbilt

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 10 7 19 7 43
Vanderbilt 7 6 0 7 20

South Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 21 0 0 0 21
Florida 3 28 10 0 41

Florida State

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 0 0 0 7
Florida State 14 0 13 3 30

SEC Championship Game

SEC Championship Game
#18 Auburn vs. #7 Florida
1 234Total
Auburn 0 330 6
Florida 14 770 28

Miami (Sugar Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 10 3 14 10 37
Florida 7 3 7 3 20

Rankings

See also: 2000 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 9 9 8 7 3 3 (1) 12 10 8 8 6 5 4 7 7 7 10 
Coaches Poll 7 7 5 4 3 3 9 9 7 7 5 4 4 9 8 7 11 
BCS Not released 6 6 5 5 7 7 7 Not released

Notable players

References

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 2000 Media Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 112 (2015). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2000 Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  4. ^ USA Today

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