1953 Maryland Terrapins football team
|1953 Maryland Terrapins football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|1953 record||10–1 (3–0 ACC)|
|Head coach||Jim Tatum|
|Home stadium||Byrd Stadium|
|1953 ACC football standings|
|#1 Maryland +||3||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|#18 Duke +||4||–||0||–||0||7||–||2||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
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.
|September 19, 1953||at Missouri*||No. 9||Faurot Field • Columbia, MO||W 20–6||21,000|
|September 26, 1953||Washington and Lee*||No. 9||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||W 52–0||35,000|
|October 3, 1953||at Clemson||No. 3||Memorial Stadium • Clemson, 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 Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC||W 26–0||35,000|
|October 23, 1953||at Miami*||No. 3||Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||W 30–0||42,157|
|October 30, 1953||at South Carolina||No. 1||Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD||W 24–6||22,000|
|November 7, 1953||at George Washington*||No. 2||Griffith Stadium • Washington, 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 Bowl • Miami, FL (1954 Orange Bowl)||L 0–7||68,640|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.|
The 1953 team consisted of the following letterwinners:
- Jim Tatum, head coach
- Emmett Cheek
- Warren Giese, ends
- Jack Hennemier, defensive line
- Tommy Mont, backfield
- Vernon Seibert
- Eddie Teague, defensive backfield
- Bob Ward
- "1953 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- Year-by-Year Results (PDF), 2008 Maryland Football Media Guide, University of Maryland, 2008. Accessed 2009-06-15. Archived 2009-06-17.
- Year-By-Year Results (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 17–22, University of Maryland, 2007.
- Assistant Coaches (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 4, University of Maryland, 2007.