1953 Utah Utes football
Skyline champion
ConferenceSkyline Conference
1953 record8–2 (5–0 Skyline)
Head coachJack Curtice
Home stadiumUte Stadium
← 1952
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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.[1]


September 19at Arizona*W 28–7
September 26Idaho*W 21–0
October 3Hawaii*
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
W 47–24
October 10at Utah StateW 33–13
October 17Denver
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
W 40–6
October 24Wyoming
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
W 13–12
October 31at Washington*L 14–21
November 7at Colorado*L 0–21
November 14Colorado A&Mdagger
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
W 35–14
November 26BYU
  • Ute Stadium
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (rivalry)
NBCW 33–32
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming


After the seasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

Utah had four players selected in the 1954 NFL Draft.[4]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
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


  1. Hinckley, Shane (2010). University of Utah Football Vault : The History of the Utes. Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, LLC. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-7948-2797-7.
  2. "Ute Record Book". University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  3. "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1953". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  4. "1954 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2010-08-09.

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