|2000 Florida Gators football|
SEC Eastern Division Champions
|2000 record||10–3 (7–1 SEC)|
|Head coach||Steve Spurrier|
|Defensive coordinator||Jon Hoke|
|Home stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|2000 SEC football standings|
|#10 Florida x†||7||–||1||10||–||3|
|#19 South Carolina||5||–||3||8||–||4|
|#18 Auburn x||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|#24 Mississippi State||4||–||4||8||–||4|
|Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6|
|† – BCS representative as 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 college 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 and results
|9–2–2000*||Ball State||#9||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||PPV||W 40–19||85,095|
|9–9–2000*||Middle Tennessee||#8||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||PPV||W 55–0||84,311|
|9–16–2000||#11 Tennessee||#6||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||CBS||W 27–23||108,768|
|9–23–2000||Kentucky||#3||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||W 59–31||85,319|
|9–30–2000||Mississippi State||#3||Scott Field • Starkville, MS||CBS||L 35–47||43,816|
|10–7–2000||Louisiana State||#12||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||JP||W 41–9||85,365|
|10–14–2000||#19 Auburn||#10||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||W 38–7||85,710|
|10–28–2000||#13 Georgia||#8||Alltel Stadium • Jacksonville, FL||CBS||W 34–23||84,404|
|11–4–2000||Vanderbilt||#6||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN||JP||W 43–21||32,714|
|11–11–2000||#21 South Carolina||#5||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (HC)||CBS||W 41–21||85,718|
|11–18–2000*||#3 Florida State||#4||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL||ABC||L 7–30||83,042|
|12–2–2000||#18 Auburn||#7||Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (SEC Championship)||ABC||W 28–6||73,427|
|1–2–2001*||#2 Miami||#7||Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 20–37||64,407|
|*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
Middle Tennessee St.
|Middle Tennessee State||0||0||0||0||0|
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.
|Time of Possession||25:16||34:44|
SEC Championship Game
Miami (Sugar Bowl)
- 07 QB Jesse Palmer (Sr.)
- 08 QB Rex Grossman (Fr.)
- 09 QB Brock Berlin (Fr.)
- 05 RB Earnest Graham (So.)
- 33 RB Ran Carthon (Fr.)
- 06 WR Taylor Jacobs (So.)
- 10 WR Jabar Gaffney (Fr.)
- 17 WR Reche Caldwell (So.)
- 78 T Kenyatta Walker (Jr.)
- 57 DE Bobby McCray (Fr.)
- 61 DT Gerard Warren (Jr.)
- 45 LB Andra Davis (Jr.)
- 03 CB Lito Sheppard (So.)
- 04 S Marquand Manuel (Jr.)
- Schedule/Results - http://gatorzone.com/sched.php?sport=footb&curyearb=2000&submita=1
- Roster - http://gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2000
- Rankings - http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/polls_1936_present.html
- Statistics - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/stats/2000/ffateamstats.html
- Auburn–Florida football rivalry
- Florida–Florida State football rivalry
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- History of the University of Florida
- List of Florida Gators football players
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- College Football Data Warehouse, Florida Yearly Results: 2000–2004. Retrieved September 16, 2012.