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.
|1953 Utah Utes football|
|Conference||Mountain States Conference|
|1953 record||8–2 (5–0 MSC)|
|Head coach||Jack Curtice|
|Home stadium||Ute Stadium|
|1953 MSC football standings|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 19||at Arizona*||Arizona Stadium • Tucson, Arizona||W 28–7|
|September 26||Idaho*||Ute Stadium • Salt 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 Stadium • Logan, 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 Stadium • Seattle, Washington||L 14–21|
|November 7||at Colorado*||Folsom Field • Boulder, 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.|
After the seasonEdit
|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|
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- "Ute Record Book" (PDF). University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1953". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
- "1954 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09.