1953 Auburn Tigers football team

1953 Auburn Tigers football
Gator Bowl, L 13–35 vs. Texas Tech
Conference Southeastern Conference
AP #17
1953 record 7–3–1 (4–2–1 SEC)
Head coach Ralph Jordan
Home stadium Cliff Hare Stadium
Cramton Bowl
Ladd Memorial Stadium
1953 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Alabama 4 0 3     6 3 3
#8 Georgia Tech 4 1 1     9 2 1
#16 Kentucky 4 1 1     7 2 1
Ole Miss 4 1 1     7 2 1
#17 Auburn 4 2 1     7 3 1
Mississippi State 3 1 3     5 2 3
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 2 3 3     5 3 3
Florida 1 3 2     3 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 5 0     3 8 0
Tulane 0 7 0     1 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1953 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1953 college football season. It was the Tigers' 62nd overall and 21st season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan, in his third year, and played their home games at Cliff Hare Stadium in Auburn, the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery and Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. They finished with a record of seven wins, three losses and one tie (7–3–1 overall, 4–2–1 in the SEC) and with a loss to Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25 Stetson* Cramton BowlMontgomery, AL W 47–0  
October 3 #15 Ole Miss Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 13–0  
October 10 at #13 Mississippi State Scott FieldStarkville, MS T 21–21  
October 17 at #8 Georgia Tech #19 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 6–36  
October 24 Tulane Ladd Memorial StadiumMobile, AL W 34–7  
October 31 Florida Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Rivalry) W 16–7  
November 6 at Miami* #15 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL W 29–20  
November 14 vs. Georgia #20 Memorial StadiumColumbus, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 39–18  
November 21 at Clemson* #14 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 45–19  
November 28 vs. Alabama #16 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 7–10  
January 1 vs. Texas Tech* #17 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 13–35  
*Non-conference game. AP Poll.
  • Source: 1953 Auburn football schedule[1][2]

Notable Players

QB Vince Dooley

Serving as team captain, Dooley played quarterback and corner back for the 53' Auburn Tigers. Vince completed 25 of 47 passes for a 53.1 completion percentage. This was the best mark by an Auburn signal caller since All-American Travis Tidwell. Dooley was named to the Senior Bowl at the conclusion of the season and was invited to the annual Blue-Gray Game. He was named Offensive MVP after the Gator Bowl.

C Ed Baker

Big Ed was named team co-captain to the 1953 Auburn Tigers. He opened up running lanes for future All-SEC back Fob James and was voted the SEC's "Best Offensive Center" at the conclusion of the regular season.


  1. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 188. 
  2. ^ "1953 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
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