1953 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

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1953 Minnesota Golden Gophers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1953 record 4–4–1 (3–3–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Wes Fesler (3rd season)
MVP Paul Giel
Captain Paul Giel
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Michigan State + 5 1 0     9 1 0
No. 7 Illinois + 5 1 0     7 1 1
No. 15 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 2 1
Ohio State 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 4 1
No. 20 Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
No. 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 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1953 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Wes Fesler, the Golden Gophers compiled a 4–4–1 record and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 160 to 150.[1]

Halfback Paul Giel was named an All-American by the Associated Press, FWAA, Look Magazine, Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches Association. Giel received Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the most valuable player of the Big Ten. Giel was named All-Big Ten first team.[2] Giel finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy, receiving the most points for a player not to win the award.[3]

Paul Giel was awarded the Team MVP Award.[4]

Total attendance for the season was 293,313, which averaged to 58,662. The season high for attendance was against Michigan.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 at No. 8 USC* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles L 7–17   66,698
October 3 No. 2 Michigan State Memorial StadiumMinneapolis L 0–21   60,995
October 10 at No. 18 Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 30–13   40,000
October 17 at No. 9 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois L 7–27   55,641
October 24 No. 5 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Little Brown Jug) W 22–0   62,795
October 31 Pittsburgh* No. 14 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 35–14   49,092
November 7 Indianadagger No. 13 Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis W 28–20   58,527
November 14 at Iowa No. 15 Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa (Rivalry) L 0–27   55,355
November 21 No. 8 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Minneapolis (Rivalry) T 21–21   61,904
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1953 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), pp. 179–182 [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Winning Margin:Year By Year". Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  4. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 181 [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Keiser, Jeff (2007), 2007 Media Guide (PDF), p. 160 [permanent dead link]