1953 Kansas State Wildcats football team

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1953 Kansas State Wildcats football
Conference Big Seven Conference
1953 record 6-3-1 (4-2 Big 7)
Head coach Bill Meek
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 Big 7 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Oklahoma 6 0 0     9 1 1
Kansas State 4 2 0     6 3 1
Missouri 4 2 0     6 4 0
Colorado 2 4 0     6 4 0
Nebraska 2 4 0     3 6 1
Kansas 2 4 0     2 8 0
Iowa State 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the college football season of 1953. The team's head football coach was Bill Meek. The Wildcats played their home games in Memorial Stadium. 1953 saw the Wildcats finish with a record of 6-3-1, and a 4-2 record in Big 7 play, tied for second in the conference. The Wildcats scored 198 points while giving up 116.

Kansas State started the season with a 5-1 record, and made its first appearance in the top 20 of a national ranking system at #18 in the Coaches Poll on October 28, 1953. 1953 was also the first year that Kansas State played on national television, when its game on November 7 against rival Kansas was broadcast on NBC.

The team finished the season leading the NCAA in punt returns (23.8 yards per punt average).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 19, 1953 Drake* Memorial StadiumManhattan, KS W 50–0    
September 26, 1953 at Colorado State* Colorado FieldFort Collins, CO L 13–14    
October 3, 1953 Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, KS W 27–0   12,500
October 10, 1953 at Iowa State Clyde Williams FieldAmes, IA W 20–12   8,037
October 17, 1953 Colorado Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, KS W 28–14   14,000
October 24, 1953 Wichita* Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, KS W 21–0    
October 31, 1953 #7 Oklahomadagger #18 Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, KS L 0–34   23,822
November 7, 1953 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS NBC W 7–0   25,000
November 14, 1953 at Missouri Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO L 6–16    
November 21, 1953 at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ T 26–26    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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