1953 Oklahoma A&M Cowboys football
MVC co-champion
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
1953 record7–3 (3–1 MVC)
Head coachJennings B. Whitworth (4th season)
Home stadiumLewis Field
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M § 3 1 0     7 3 0
Detroit § 3 1 0     5 4 0
Wichita State 1 2 0     4 4 1
Houston 1 2 0     4 4 1
Tulsa 1 3 0     3 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Oklahoma A&M Cowboys football team represented Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (later renamed Oklahoma State University–Stillwater) in the Missouri Valley Conference during the 1953 college football season. In their fourth season under head coach Jennings B. Whitworth, the Cowboys compiled a 7–3 record (3–1 against conference opponents), tied with Detroit for the Missouri Valley championship, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 178 to 149.[1][2]

On offense, the 1953 team averaged 17.8 points scored, 226.5 rushing yards, and 47.9 passing yards per game.[3] On defense, the team allowed an average of 14.9 points scored, 164.8 rushing yards and 78.4 passing yards per game.[4] The team's statistical leaders included Earl Lunsford with 748 rushing yards, Bobby Green with 219 passing yards, and Bob LaRue with 122 receiving yards.[5]

Four Oklahoma A&M players received first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors: end Bob LaRue, tackle Dale Meinert, and backs Bill Bredde, and Earl Lunsford.[6]

The team played its home games at Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma.[7]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 19Hardin SimmonsW 20–0
September 26at ArkansasW 7–6
October 3Texas Tech
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, OK
L 13–27
October 10Wichita State
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, OK
W 14–7
October 17at HoustonW 14–7
October 24at DetroitL 14–18
October 31Tulsa
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, OK
W 28–14
November 7Wyomingdagger
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, OK
W 20–14
November 14at KansasW 41–14
November 28at No. 4 OklahomaL 7–42

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1953 Oklahoma State Cowboys Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/oklahoma-state/1953-schedule.html. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  2. "Oklahoma State Cowboy Football 2016 Guide". Oklahoma State University. p. 172. https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/okstate.com/documents/2016/8/1/2016_Oklahoma_State_Football_Guide.pdf. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. 2016 Football Guide, p. 138.
  4. 2016 Football Guide, p. 140.
  5. 2016 Football Guide, pp. 168, 170.
  6. 2016 Football Guide, p. 155.
  7. 2016 Football Guide, pp. 217, 219.
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