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1953 Kansas State Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Seven Conference
1953 record6–3–1 (4–2 Big 7)
Head coachBill Meek (3rd season)
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Big 7 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Oklahoma 6 0 0     9 1 1
Kansas State 4 2 0     6 3 1
Missouri 4 2 0     6 4 0
Colorado 2 4 0     6 4 0
Nebraska 2 4 0     3 6 1
Kansas 2 4 0     2 8 0
Iowa State 1 5 0     2 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 1953 college football season. The team's head football coach was Bill Meek. The Wildcats played their home games in Memorial Stadium. 1953 saw the Wildcats finish with a record of 6–3–1, and a 4–2 record in Big Seven Conference play, tied for second in the conference. The Wildcats scored 198 points while giving up 116.

Kansas State started the season with a 5–1 record, and made the program's first appearance in the top 20 of a national ranking system at #18 in the Coaches Poll on October 28. 1953 was also the first year that Kansas State played on national television, when its game on November 7 against rival Kansas was broadcast on NBC.

The team finished the season leading the NCAA in punt returns (23.8 yards per punt average).

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 19, 1953* Drake Memorial StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 50–0    
September 26, 1953* at Colorado State Colorado FieldFort Collins, Colorado L 13–14    
October 3, 1953 Nebraska Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 27–0   12,500
October 10, 1953 at Iowa State Clyde Williams FieldAmes, Iowa W 20–12   8,037
October 17, 1953 Colorado Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 28–14   14,000
October 24, 1953* Wichita Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 21–0    
October 31, 1953† #7 Oklahoma #18 Memorial Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas L 0–34   23,822
November 7, 1953 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas NBC W 7–0   25,000
November 14, 1953 at Missouri Memorial StadiumColumbia, Missouri L 6–16    
November 21, 1953* at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona T 26–26    
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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