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 Hardeman
Favorite Georgia Tech by 7
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Jim Britt and Tom Leavitt
Sugar Bowl
 < 1952  1954

The 1953 Sugar Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 1953 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game the featured the second-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the seventh-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Georgia Tech won the game 24–7 to complete their national championship season. This was the first Sugar Bowl broadcast on television.


The Yellow Jackets were champions of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with a 7–0 conference record and ranked #2 going into the game. Ole Miss finished third in the SEC, but had an undefeated regular season, highlighted by an upset win over Maryland, and were ranked in the top ten for the first time. This was the first bowl game for Ole Miss since 1948 and the program's first Sugar Bowl. This was Georgia Tech's first Sugar Bowl since 1944.[1]

Game summary[edit]

Ole Miss scored first on a 4-yard touchdown run by Wilson Dillard, as they took a 7–0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Georgia Tech scored on a 1-yard Bill Brigman run to tie the game at 7. Pepper Rodgers kicked a 25-yard field goal as Georgia Tech went up 10–7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Leon Hardeman 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 Jeff Knox, as Georgia Tech won 24–7. Hardeman went 76 yards on 14 rushes with one touchdown and was named MVP.[2]


Both teams made two more Sugar Bowls appearances in the 1950s. Ole Miss added four more in the 1960s.


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