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1953 Maryland Terrapins football team

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. In the postseason, Maryland lost to Oklahoma in the 1954 Orange Bowl.[2] The team was selected national champion by Associated Press, International News Service, and United Press International, leading to a consensus national champion designation.[3]

1953 Maryland Terrapins football
Consensus national champion (AP, INS, and UPI)
ACC co-champion
Orange Bowl, L 0–7 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1953 record10–1 (3–0 ACC)
Head coachJim Tatum (7th season)
Offensive schemeSplit-T
Home stadiumByrd Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Maryland + 3 0 0     10 1 0
No. 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]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 19at Missouri*No. 9W 20–621,000
September 26Washington and Lee*No. 9W 52–035,000
October 3at ClemsonNo. 3W 20–025,000
October 10Georgia*No. 4
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, Maryland
W 40–1327,000
October 17at North CarolinaNo. 3W 26–035,000
October 23at Miami (FL)*No. 3W 30–042,157
October 30at South Carolina No. 1
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, Maryland
W 24–622,000
November 7at George Washington*No. 2W 27–68,000
November 14No. 11 Ole Miss*No. 2
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, Maryland
W 38–035,000
November 21No. 11 Alabama*No. 2
  • Byrd Stadium
  • College Park, Maryland
W 21–036,000
January 1, 1954No. 4 Oklahoma*No. 1
L 0–768,640
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

PersonnelEdit

The 1953 team consisted of the following letterwinners:[4]

The coaching staff consisted of:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2017. pp. 113, 120. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Year-By-Year Results (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 17–22, University of Maryland, 2007.
  5. ^ Assistant Coaches (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 4, University of Maryland, 2007.