1953 Stanford Indians football team

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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
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA $ 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 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]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 19Pacific (CA)*L 20–25
September 26Oregon
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 7–0
October 3Illinois*L 21–33
October 10vs. Oregon StateW 21–0
October 17No. 4 UCLA
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 21–20
October 24at WashingtonNo. 20W 13–7
October 17Washington StateNo. 17
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA
W 48–19
November 7at No. 17 USCNo. 11L 20–23
November 14San Jose State*No. 16
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Stanford, CA (rivalry)
W 54–0
November 21CaliforniaNo. 16
T 21–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summaries[edit]

California[edit]

1 234Total
Bears 0 777 21
Indians 0 7140 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 NFL[edit]

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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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stanford Game-by-Game Results; 1953–1957". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Stanford out of bowl with 21 to 21 tie". The Daily Reporter. November 20, 1953. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Cal holds Stanford to 21–21 deadlock". The Eugene Register-Guard. November 20, 1953. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "1954 NFL Draft". Retrieved August 4, 2014.