1987 Florida Gators football team

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1987 Florida Gators football
Aloha Bowl, L 16–20 vs. UCLA
Conference Southeastern Conference
1987 record 6–6 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach Galen Hall (4th season)
Defensive coordinator Zaven Yaralian (2nd season)
Home stadium Florida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Auburn $ 5 0 1     9 1 2
No. 5 LSU 5 1 0     10 1 1
No. 14 Tennessee 4 1 1     10 2 1
No. 13 Georgia 4 2 0     9 3 0
Alabama 4 2 0     7 5 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     3 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the fourth for Galen Hall as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1987 Florida Gators posted a 6–6 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, placing sixth among ten SEC teams.[2]

The season was the debut of freshman running back Emmitt Smith. Smith went on to break the 1,000-yard barrier in the seventh game of his freshman season, the fastest any running back had ever broken that barrier to begin his college career, and was named SEC and national freshman of the year. This was the last year until 2017 that Florida opened the season away from Gainesville.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 No. 10 Miami (FL)* No. 20 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, Florida TBS L 4–31   77,224
September 12 Tulsa* Florida FieldGainesville, Florida W 52–0   72,173
September 19 No. 11 Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama TBS W 23–14   75,808
September 26 Mississippi State Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 38–3   74,421
October 3 No. 7 LSU No. 19 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN L 10–13   79,313
October 10 Cal State Fullerton* No. 18 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 65–0   72,336
October 17 Temple*dagger No. 14 Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida W 34–3   74,286
October 31 No. 6 Auburn No. 10 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama ESPN L 6–29   85,187
November 7 No. 10 Georgia No. 17 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, Florida TBS L 10–23   81,975
November 14 Kentucky Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida TBS W 27–14   73,021
November 28 No. 3 Florida State* Florida Field • Gainesville, Florida CBS L 14–28   74,613
December 25 No. 10 UCLA* Aloha StadiumHonolulu, Hawaiʻi (Aloha Bowl) ABC L 16–20   24,839
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1987 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.