1953 Sugar Bowl

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1953 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia Tech 0 10 7 7 24
Ole Miss 7 0 0 0 7
Date January 1, 1953
Season 1952
Stadium Tulane Stadium
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Leon Hardemann
Favorite Georgia Tech by 7
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Jim Britt and Tom Leavitt
Sugar Bowl
 < 1952  1954

The 1953 edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the second ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the seventh ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Georgia Tech won the matchup 24-7 to clinch a national championship. This was the first Sugar Bowl broadcast on television.


The Yellow Jackets were champions of the Southeastern Conference with a 7-0 conference record and ranked #2 going into the game. Ole Miss had finished 3rd in the conference but had an undefeated regular season and were ranked in the Top 10 for the first time ever, highlighted by an upset win of Maryland. This was their first bowl game since 1948 and first ever Sugar Bowl. This was Georgia Tech's first Sugar Bowl since 1944.[1]

Game Summary[edit]

Mississippi scored first on a 4-yard touchdown run from Dillard, as they took a 7-0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Georgia Tech scored on a 1 yard Brigma run to tie the game at 7. Rodgers kicked a 25-yard field goal as Georgia Tech went up 10-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Leon Hardemann scored on a 6-yard touchdown run as Georgia Tech went up 17-7. In the fourth quarter, Rodgers threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Knox, as Georgia Tech won 24-7. Hardemann went 76 yards on 14 rushes with one touchdown and was named MVP.[2]


Both teams would make two more Sugar Bowls appearances in the 1950's, with Ole Miss making 4 more in the 1960's.


Statistics GT Ole Miss
First Downs 16 15
Yards Rushing 194 137
Yards Passing 101 103
Total Yards 295 287
Punts-Average 6-41.8 7-35.4
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 5-3
Interceptions 1 3
Penalties-Yards 5-42 6-60