|1991 Florida Gators football|
|1991 record||10–2 (7–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Steve Spurrier (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Ron Zook (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|1991 SEC football standings|
|No. 7 Florida $||7||–||0||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 5 Alabama||6||–||1||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 14 Tennessee||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 17 Georgia||4||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1991 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators were led by quarterback Shane Matthews and first-team All-American defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.
Spurrier's 1991 Florida Gators compiled the first-ever ten-win season in program history, an overall record of 10–2 and a perfect SEC record of 7–0.
|September 7||San Jose State*||No. 6||W 59–21||83,067|
|September 14||No. 17 Alabama||No. 6||ESPN||W 35–0||85,069|
|September 21||at No. 17 Syracuse*||No. 5||ABC||L 21–38||49,823|
|September 28||No. 21 Mississippi State||No. 14||TBS||W 29–7||69,328|
|October 5||at LSU||No. 13||PPV||W 16–0||72,019|
|October 12||No. 4 Tennessee||No. 10||ESPN||W 35–18||85,165|
|October 19||Northern Illinois*||No. 6||W 41–10||83,708|
|November 2||at Auburn||No. 6||ABC||W 31–10||83,714|
|November 9||vs. No. 23 Georgia||No. 6||ESPN||W 45–13||81,679|
|November 16||Kentucky||No. 5||W 35–26||84,109|
|November 30||No. 3 Florida State*||No. 5||ABC||W 14–9||85,461|
|January 1||vs. No. 18 Notre Dame*||No. 3||ABC||L 28–39||76,477|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
|1991 Florida Gators football team roster|
San Jose State
The season opened with a 59–21 victory over the San Jose State Spartans.
The Gators had a dominating confidence win over the twenty-first-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 29–7.
Florida blanked the LSU Tigers 16–0.
Florida beat Northern Illinois 41–10 .
The Auburn Tigers fell to Florida 31–10.
Florida clinched its first SEC title with a hard-fought win over the Kentucky Wildcats, 35–26. "The Gators appeared on their way to a comfortable victory with a 28-6 lead in the third quarter. That's when the UF band started playing the song "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard and students began throwing little sugar packets into the air. Then UK quarterback Pookie Jones went wild, almost spoiling the party. "
|Overall record||Last meeting||Result|
Among the Gators' 1991 victories, the 14–9 defensive upset of the Florida State Seminoles was a particularly memorable victory played in front of a record home crowd (the previous record set only five weeks earlier vs. Tennessee). The Gators scored touchdowns on a first-quarter run by tailback Errict Rhett, and a 72-yard bomb from Shane Matthews to wide receiver Harrison Houston in the third quarter, and held on to win. Gators defensive ends Darren Mickell and Harvey Thomas kept Seminoles quarterback Casey Weldon off balance and on the run in the second half, and, in the fourth quarter, Gators safeties Will White and Del Speer combined to break up a fourth-down pass to the end zone by Weldon with two minutes remaining§, thus saving the victory for Florida.
The Gators closed out their season with their first New Year's Day bowl appearance since 1974, a 28–39 defeat by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Sugar Bowl, and were ranked seventh in the final Associated Press Poll. Florida won the team's first official SEC championship, 59 seasons after joining the conference as a charter member. Quarterback Shane Matthews repeated as SEC Player of the Year in 1991.
- University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1991 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault, pp. 107–108.
- 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.
- "Steve Spurrier says early '90s wins over Alabama 'got us started there at Florida'". AL.com.
- "Florida drops UT 35-18". Ocala Star-Banner. October 13, 1991 – via Google News Archive Search.
- Larry Savage (November 10, 1991). "No. 6 Florida rules SEC". Ocala Star-Banner – via Google News Archive Search.
- "Gators' streak vs. 'Cats filled with close calls". Archived from the original on 2016-05-29. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
- Gainesville Sun. 1991 Dec 1.
- "SEC Player of the Year Winners". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.