1953 Michigan State Spartans football team

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1953 Michigan State Spartans football
Michigan-State-logo-block-s.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 28–20 vs. UCLA
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 3
1953 record 9–1 (5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Clarence Munn
MVP LeRoy Beldon
Home stadium Macklin Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Michigan State + 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7 Illinois + 5 1 0     7 1 1
#15 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 2 1
Ohio State 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 4 1
#20 Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
#9 Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1953 Big Ten Conference football season. This was the Spartans' inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference and had them winning the league along with Illinois with a 5–1 record. They represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl, defeated UCLA, 28–20, and finished ranked third in both the AP and Coaches polls.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 at Iowa No. 2 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 21–7   47,125
October 3 at Minnesota No. 2 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 21–0   61,594
October 10 TCU* No. 2 Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 26–19   51,049
October 17 Indiana No. 2 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry) W 47–18   51,698
October 24 at Purdue No. 2 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 0–6   35,000
October 31 at Oregon State* No. 6 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 34–6   51,108
November 7 Ohio State No. 5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 28–13   82,328
November 14 Michigan No. 4 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI (Rivalry) W 14–6   52,324
November 21 Marquette* No. 3 Macklin Stadium • East Lansing, MI W 21–15   42,170
January 1, 1954 vs. UCLA* No. 3 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 28–20   100,100
*Non-conference game.
Schedule Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1953". msuspartans.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013.