The 1990 Season


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Fighting Gator

In Steve Spurrier's first year as head "ball" coach the gators went 9-2. The excitement was almost more than gator fans could handle. After coming off a 7-5 season, and losing headcoach Galen Hall due to NCAA infractions, any improvement from the previous record would have been a step in the right direction.

In the first game of the season Spurrier led Florida to a 50-7 thrashing of Oklahoma State in Gainesville. Next on the docket for the Gators was a showdown against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This was a hard fought game, and in the end Florida walked out with a 17-13 victory. The Gators went on the win three more games leading up to a battle in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee absolutely killed the Gators by a score of 45-3. After that things got back on track with four straight wins, including a 38-7 win overGeorgia, before Florida was beaten again by Florida State 45-30. The Gators had the best record in the SEC at the end of the season, but due to NCAA infractions, they could not be awarded the SEC Championship.

Breakdown of the 1990 Season:

(opponent, site, outcome and score)

  • Oklahoma State (Gainesville) W 50-7
  • Alabama (Tuscaloosa) W 17-13
  • Furman (Gainesville) W 27-3
  • Mississippi State (Gainesville) W 34-21
  • LSU (Gainesville) W 34-8
  • Tennessee (Knoxville) L 45-3
  • Akron (Gainesville) W 34-8
  • Auburn (Gainesville) W 48-7
  • Georgia (Jacksonville) W 38-7
  • Kentucky (Lexington) W 47-15
  • Florida State (Tallahassee) L 45-30

Season End Averages:(Per Game)

  • Rushing Yards= 161.9
  • Passing Yards= 290.6
  • Total Yards= 452.6
  • Points= 35.2