Florida football countdown

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:32 p.m.

44 … Points allowed by the 1928 Florida team.

To Gator fans today, the 1928 team is almost a mythical one. There are no videos, and stories that have been passed along from one generation to the next get garbled and exaggerated.

But this much we know — the '28 team was the first great Florida football team. And it was the last one for quite awhile.

Charlie Bachman took over the program that year from Tom Sebring and produced immediate results. The '28 team won its first three games over Florida Southern, Auburn and Mercer by a combined score of 126-0. The defense allowed single scores in the next five games and won them all, setting up a showdown game in Knoxville, Tenn., against General Robert Neyland's Vols.

The legend goes that someone watered down the field the night before the game to slow down the speedy Florida backs. The bottom line is that Tennessee won 13-12, ruining UF's perfect season. For the year, the Gators outscored their opponents 336-44. But in the days of only a handful of bowls, their season ended on a muddy field in Tennessee.

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