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2004 Florida Gators football
Peach Bowl, L 27–10 vs. Miami
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 25
2004 record7–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachRon Zook
Charlie Strong (bowl game)
Offensive coordinatorLarry Fedora
Defensive coordinatorCharlie Strong
CaptainChanning Crowder
CaptainMike Degory
CaptainCiatrick Fason
CaptainTravis Harris
Home stadiumBen Hill Griffin Stadium
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#13 Tennessee x   7 1         10 3  
#7 Georgia   6 2         10 2  
Florida   4 4         7 5  
South Carolina   4 4         6 5  
Kentucky   1 7         2 9  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 9  
Western Division
#2 Auburn x   8 0         13 0  
#16 LSU   6 2         9 3  
Alabama   3 5         6 6  
Arkansas   3 5         5 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         4 7  
Mississippi State   2 6         3 8  
Championship: Auburn 38, Tennessee 28
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2004 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2004 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. The season was the third and last for head coach Ron Zook, who led the Gators to a regular season record of 7–4 (.636).

Pre-seasonEdit

For the fifth time in school history, Florida played five of its first six games at home. Four of the last five games were on the road. Florida's record for the two prior seasons under Zook on the road in conference play was an SEC league best 7–1. Eight starters returned and true sophomore Chris Leak would start the first game of the season at the helm for the first time. The Gators opened the season against Eastern Michigan from the Mid-American Conference.

Schedule and results Edit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9–11–2004* Eastern Michigan #11 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL W 49–10   90,009
9–18–2004 #13 Tennessee #11 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN CBS L 28–30   109,061
9–25–2004 Kentucky #16 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL ESPN2 W 20–3   89,741
10–2–2004 Arkansas #16 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL CBS W 45–30   90,014
10–9–2004 #24 Louisiana State #12 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL ESPN L 21–24   90,377
10–16–2004* Middle Tennessee #22 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL W 52–16   90,018
10–23–2004 Mississippi State #19 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS JP L 31–38   43,170
10–30–2004 #7 Georgia Alltel StadiumJacksonville, FL CBS L 24–31   84,753
11–6–2004 Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN PPV W 34–17   32,716
11–13–2004 South Carolina Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL (HC) ESPN2 W 48–14   90,294
11–20–2004* #10 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN W 20–13   84,223
12–31–2004* #14 Miami #19 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) ESPN L 10–27   69,322
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Sources: 2012 Florida Football Media Guide,[1] and GatorZone.com.[2]

Game notesEdit

Eastern MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Eastern Michigan 3 7 0 10 20
Florida 7 21 21 0 49

TennesseeEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 7 14 0 7 28
Tennessee 7 7 0 16 30

KentuckyEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Kentucky 3 0 0 0 3
Florida 3 7 3 7 20
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

ArkansasEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Arkansas 0 7 7 16 30
Florida 7 28 3 7 45
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

LSUEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
LSU 0 14 3 7 24
Florida 14 7 0 0 21
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

Middle Tennessee StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Middle Tennessee St 3 10 3 0 16
Florida 17 14 21 0 52
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

The match with MTSU was intended to be the season opener for the Gators, but was cancelled and rescheduled because of Hurricane Frances. This left the Gators without a regular-season bye week.

Mississippi StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 0 14 10 7 31
Mississippi St 7 10 7 14 38

Following this loss, head coach Ron Zook was fired, but allowed to coach the remainder of the season.

GeorgiaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 0 0 7 10 17
Georgia 7 7 3 7 24

VanderbiltEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 7 7 0 10 24
Vanderbilt 10 7 0 0 17

South CarolinaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
South Carolina 7 0 0 7 14
Florida 0 21 10 17 48
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

Florida StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 7 3 0 10 20
Florida St 0 3 0 10 13

Ron Zook's last game as head coach of the Florida Gators.

[3]

Peach BowlEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Florida 0 3 7 0 10
Miami (FL) 7 10 7 3 27

Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was interim head coach for the bowl game.

Coaching staffEdit

  • Ron Zook - Head Coach
  • Jerry “Red” Anderson - Defensive Line
  • Dan Disch - Assistant Coach/Secondary
  • Dwayne Dixon - Assistant Head Coach/Inside Receivers
  • Larry Fedora - Offensive Coordinator/Receivers
  • Mike Locksley - Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator
  • Bill Miller - Associate Head Coach (Linebackers)
  • Charlie Strong - Defensive Coordinator
  • Joe Wickline - Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator
  • Ed Zaunbrecher - Quarterbacks

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 113 & 116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. GatorZone.com, Football, History, Florida Football 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ESPN.com

Bibliography Edit

  • 2009 Southeastern Conference Football Media Guide, Florida Year-by-Year Records, Southeastern Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, p. 60 (2009).
  • 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012).
  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.

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