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Friday October 26, 2012 On this date in Gators history: Oct. 26, 1906

Leather helmetFlorida’s football program played its first game ever as a club sport.

How's that for a significant day?

Coach James Forsythe ushered in the historic era with a 6-0 victory over Rollins, in a game played on a baseball field at the Gainesville City Park, to jumpstart what would be a 5-3 inaugural season.

Here's how The Gainesville Daily Sun -- on this date 106 years ago -- chronicled the event.  

All three paragraphs worth.

University Defeated Rollins
Wins Out in First Game by Close Points and Good Playing

The first game of football was pulled off in this city Friday between the University of Florida and the Rollins College teams.

The game was fairly well attended, and a great deal of interest was manifested. The score resulted in a victory for the University boys six to nothing.

Neither team scored in the first half that lasted for twenty minutes, but in the second half, which was twenty minutes more, the University boys got six, which gave them the game.

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