1953 Kansas State Wildcats football team
|1953 Kansas State Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Seven Conference|
|1953 record||6–3–1 (4–2 Big 7)|
|Head coach||Bill Meek (3rd year)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1953 Big 7 football standings|
|#4 Oklahoma $||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||1||–||1|
The 1953 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 1953 college football season. 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 Seven Conference 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 the program's first appearance in the top 20 of a national ranking system at #18 in the Coaches Poll on October 28. 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).
|September 19, 1953||Drake*||Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, KS||W 50–0|
|September 26, 1953||at Colorado State*||Colorado Field • Fort 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 Field • Ames, 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||No. 7 Oklahoma||No. 18||Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, KS||L 0–34||23,822|
|November 7, 1953||at Kansas||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||NBC||W 7–0||25,000|
|November 14, 1953||at Missouri||Memorial Stadium • Columbia, MO||L 6–16|
|November 21, 1953||at Arizona*||Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ||T 26–26|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Central Time.|