Honoring Maryland’s Most Memorable Season: The 60th Anniversary of the 1953 Terps

60 years ago this fall, Maryland completed an undefeated regular season and came away with college football’s most coveted prize, a National Championship. On that historic journey that led to the football program’s first and only national championship, the Terps, under head coach Jim Tatum, conquered such dominant teams as Miami, Mississippi, and Alabama, before a heartbreaking 7-0 loss in the Orange Bowl to #4 Oklahoma. Despite their defeat, Maryland was the unanimous national championship choice in both the Coaches and AP polls and was awarded the O’Donnell National Championship Trophy.

1953 autographed team photo
1953 autographed team photo

To commemorate this unprecedented  season, we will be compiling a series of posts that will highlight every step along the way, beginning with the first game of the 1953 season on September 19th when the #9 Terps took on Missouri. Make sure to check back each week this season for updates. For now, check out the 1953 Football Media Guide .

National Championship backfield, University of Maryland football, circa 1953
National Championship backfield, University of Maryland football, circa 1953
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One thought on “Honoring Maryland’s Most Memorable Season: The 60th Anniversary of the 1953 Terps

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