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1953 Utah Utes football team

The 1953 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1953 college football season. Utah played its first nationally televised game in the final game of the season in 1953. NBC broadcast 12 games during the season, which makes the BYU–Utah game played on Thanksgiving Day among the first nationally broadcast college football games. The previous week Utah had already clinched the Skyline Conference championship. BYU had only one two games that year. Consequently, Utah was favored to win the game. BYU played tough, though, and Utah ended up winning by one point, 33–32.[1]

1953 Utah Utes football
MSC champion
Conference Mountain States Conference
1953 record 8–2 (5–0 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 MSC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Utah $ 5 0 0     8 2 0
Utah State 5 2 0     8 3 0
Wyoming 4 2 1     5 4 1
New Mexico 3 2 1     5 3 1
Colorado A&M 3 4 0     4 5 0
Montana 2 4 0     3 5 0
Denver 1 5 1     3 5 2
BYU 1 5 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 19 at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona W 28–7  
September 26 Idaho* Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 21–0  
October 3 Hawaii* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 47–24  
October 10 at Utah A.C. Old Romney StadiumLogan, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 33–13  
October 17 Denver Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 40–6  
October 24 Wyoming Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 13–12  
October 31 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington L 14–21  
November 7 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (Utah–Colorado football rivalry) L 0–21  
November 14 Colorado A&M  Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 35–14  
November 26 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) NBC W 33–32  
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

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After the seasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

Utah had four players selected in the 1954 NFL Draft.[4]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jack Cross Back 7 85 Detroit Lions
Charlie Grant Center 16 189 Philadelphia Eagles
Don Rydalch Back 19 223 Pittsburgh Steelers
Jim Durrant Guard 20 241 Detroit Lions

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hinckley, Shane (2010). University of Utah Football Vault : The History of the Utes. Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, LLC. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-7948-2797-7. 
  2. ^ "Ute Record Book" (PDF). University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1953". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ "1954 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09.