The 1994 Season


Author Bio

The 1994 season began with high expectations. The Gators had come off a strong 1993 campaign and were ranked #1 in the nation. Through the first five games, which included a 31-0 thumping of the Tennessee Vols, the Gators did not disappoint, but the sixth game was a revenge game in the Swamp versus Auburn. Unfortunately Florida never got that revenge. Auburn came into the hostile confines of the Swamp and left with a three point victory.

Florida got back into the swing of things after a bye week and prepared for Georgia to come to Gainesville. Florida and Georgia had to play the games in '94 and'95 on their respective campuses because the Gator Bowl was being renovated to accommodate expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. The Gators took full advantage of this and thrashed Georgia 52-14. Florida won three more games that season before the fateful "Choke at Doke". The Gators controlled the entire game until the fourth quarter, when Florida State erased a 28 point lead to tie the game at 31 all. Since this was before overtime in college football the game ended with that score. Once again Florida closed ranks and pulled out a stunning victory over third ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Now it was time for the Florida versus Florida State rematch in the Sugar Bowl. The media hailed it as the "Fifth quarter on the French Quarter," and FSU resumed right where they left off, beating Florida 23-17.

Coach Spurrier

Breakdown of the 1994 Season:

(opponent, site, outcome and score)
  • New Mexico St. (Gainesville) W 70-21
  • Kentucky (Gainesville) W 73-7
  • Tennessee (Knoxville) W 31-0
  • Ole Miss (Oxford) W 38-14
  • LSU (Gainesville) W 42-18
  • Auburn (Gainesville) L 36-33
  • Georgia (Gainesville) W 52-14
  • Southern Miss (Gainesville) W 22-17
  • South Carolina (Gainesville) W 48-17
  • Vandy (Nashville) W 24-7
  • Florida State (Tallahassee) Tie 31-31
  • Alabama (SEC Championship, Atlanta) W 24-23
  • Florida State (Sugar Bowl, New Orleans) L 23-17

Season End Averages:(Per Game)

  • Rushing Yards= 151.1
  • Passing Yards= 311.7
  • Total Yards= 462.8
  • Points= 43.4