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1953 Maryland Terrapins football
National Championship
Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Championship
Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma, L, 0–7
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1953 record10–1 (3–0 ACC)
Head coachJim Tatum
Offensive schemeSplit-T
Home stadiumByrd Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Maryland § 3 0 0     10 1 0
#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]

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.[2]

PersonnelEdit

The 1953 team consisted of the following letterwinners:[3]

The coaching staff consisted of:[4]

ResultsEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
19 September 1953* at Missouri #9 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO W 20–6   21,000
26 September 193* Washington and Lee #9 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 52–0   35,000
3 October 1953 at Clemson #3 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 20–0   25,000
10 October 1953* Georgia #4 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 40–13   27,000
17 October 1953 at North Carolina #3 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 26–0   35,000
23 October 1953* at Miami #3 Orange BowlMiami, FL W 30–0   42,157
30 October 1953† at South Carolina Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 24–6   22,000
7 November 1953* at George Washington #2 Griffith StadiumWashington, D.C. W 27–6   8,000
14 November 1953* #11 Mississippi #2 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 38–0   35,000
21 November 1953* #11 Alabama #2 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 21–0   36,000
1 January 1954* #4 Oklahoma #1 Orange BowlMiami, FL (1954 Orange Bowl) L 0–7   68,640
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1953 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/acc/1953.html. 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. Year-By-Year Results (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 17–22, University of Maryland, 2007.
  4. Assistant Coaches (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 4, University of Maryland, 2007.
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