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1953 Stanford Indians football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 20
APNo. 16
1953 record6–3–1 (5–1–1 PCC)
Head coachChuck Taylor (3rd season)
Home stadiumStanford Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA 6 1 0     8 2 0
#19 Stanford 5 1 1     6 3 1
USC 4 2 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 2     4 4 2
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Oregon State 3 5 0     3 6 0
Washington 2 4 1     3 6 1
Oregon 2 5 1     4 5 1
Idaho 0 3 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Stanford Indians football team represented Stanford University in the 1953 college football season. The team was led by Chuck Taylor in his third year, and by quarterback Bobby Garrett, who would win the season's W. J. Voit Memorial Trophy as most outstanding player on the Pacific Coast, and was selected by the Cleveland Browns as the first pick of the NFL Draft at the end of the season.

The team played their home games at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19* Pacific Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 20–25  
September 26 Oregon Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 7–0  
October 3* Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 21–33  
October 10 vs. Oregon State Multnomah StadiumPortland, OR W 21–0  
October 17 #4 UCLA Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 21–20  
October 24 at Washington #20 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 13–7  
October 17 Washington State #17 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA W 48–19  
November 7 at #17 USC #11 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 20–23  
November 14* San Jose State #16 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (Rivalry) W 54–0  
November 21 California #16 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (56th Big Game) T 21–21  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notesEdit

CaliforniaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 0 7 7 7 21
Indians 0 7 14 0 21

With a win in the Big Game, Stanford would earn a berth in the 1954 Rose Bowl. California had not lost a Big Game since 1946, and this game was no exception: California intercepted quarterback Garrett five times and scored twice late to force a 21–21 tie. The tie, coupled with UCLA's victory over rival USC, denied the Indians a second Rose Bowl appearance in three years.[2][3]

Players drafted by the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Bobby Garrett Quarterback 1 1 Cleveland Browns
John Steinburg End 10 113 New York Giants
Sam Morley End 20 236 Washington Redskins
Marv Tennefoss End 24 279 Green Bay Packers

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ReferencesEdit

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