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Wednesday October 10, 2012On this date in Gators history: Oct. 10, 1914

woodrow wilsonFlorida kicked off its ninth football season.

With first-year Coach Charles J. McCoy manning the sidelines, the Gators lost 20-0 loss against Auburn at Jacksonville.

[Note: No, that's not McCoy pictured to the right, but rather Woodrow Wilson, who was President of the United States at the time and dealing with the outbreak of World War I]

UF had a chance to get on the scoreboard first after Joe Swanson’s 90-yard run to the Tigers’ 4 with five seconds left in the first half, but Auburn held the next play -- and the rest of the game.

That's sort of how the 1914 season went for Florida. Boom or bust.

The Gators finshed finished 5-2 that season, with all seven games resulting in shutouts; the wins by a combined score of 152-0, the losses 46-0.

Then McCoy went and coached the first UF basketball team.

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