1953 Maryland Terrapins football team

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1953 Maryland Terrapins football
National Champions
ACC Co-Champions
Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma, L, 0–7
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1953 record 10–1 (3–0 ACC)
Head coach Jim Tatum
Offensive scheme Split-T
Home stadium Byrd Stadium
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Maryland + 3 0 0     10 1 0
#18 Duke + 4 0 0     7 2 1
South Carolina 2 3 0     7 3 0
North Carolina 2 3 0     4 6 0
Wake Forest 2 3 0     3 6 1
Clemson 1 2 0     3 5 1
NC State 0 3 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 1953 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football in its first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Maryland outscored its opponents 298–38 and recorded six defensive shutouts. Jim Tatum served as the head coach for the seventh year of his nine-year tenure. The season culminated with the team being bestowed the title of national champions. In the postseason, Maryland lost to Oklahoma in the 1954 Orange Bowl.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 19, 1953 at Missouri* No. 9 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO W 20–6   21,000
September 26, 1953 Washington and Lee* No. 9 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 52–0   35,000
October 3, 1953 at Clemson No. 3 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 20–0   25,000
October 10, 1953 Georgia* No. 4 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 40–13   27,000
October 17, 1953 at North Carolina No. 3 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 26–0   35,000
October 23, 1953 at Miami* No. 3 Orange BowlMiami, FL W 30–0   42,157
October 30, 1953 at South Carolinadagger No. 1 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 24–6   22,000
November 7, 1953 at George Washington* No. 2 Griffith StadiumWashington, D.C. W 27–6   8,000
November 14, 1953 No. 11 Mississippi* No. 2 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 38–0   35,000
November 21, 1953 No. 11 Alabama* No. 2 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 21–0   36,000
January 1, 1954 No. 4 Oklahoma* No. 1 Orange BowlMiami, FL (1954 Orange Bowl) L 0–7   68,640
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Personnel[edit]

The 1953 team consisted of the following letterwinners:[3]

The coaching staff consisted of:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1953 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Year-by-Year Results (PDF), 2008 Maryland Football Media Guide, University of Maryland, 2008. Accessed 2009-06-15. Archived 2009-06-17.
  3. ^ Year-By-Year Results (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 17–22, University of Maryland, 2007.
  4. ^ Assistant Coaches (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 4, University of Maryland, 2007.