1953 Gator Bowl
1234 Total
Tulsa 0076 13
Florida 7700 14
DateJanuary 1, 1953
StadiumGator Bowl
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPRB John Hall (Florida)
T Marv Matuszak (Tulsa)
Gator Bowl
 < 1952 1954

The 1953 Gator Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Florida Gators representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Florida defeated Tulsa, 14–13.[1] This was the Gators' first appearance in an NCAA-sanctioned bowl game.

Game summary

An extra point by Rick Casares proved the difference. Florida outrushed the Golden Hurricane 233 to 182, while Tulsa outpassed the Gators 132 to 101. The Golden Hurricane turned the ball over twice, while Florida turned it over five times. This was the first Gator Bowl where more than one player was be awarded MVP honors, which was done until 2011.[2]


  1. ^ "MGGC Online | 1953 Gator Bowl". angelfire.com. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2016-12-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)