1953 Sugar Bowl
1234 Total
Georgia Tech 01077 24
Ole Miss 7000 7
DateJanuary 1, 1953
StadiumTulane Stadium
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
MVPLeon Hardeman
FavoriteGeorgia Tech by 7 [1]
RefereeFred Koster (SEC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJim Britt and Tom Leavitt
Sugar Bowl
 < 1952  1954

The 1953 Sugar Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 1953, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game the featured the second-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the seventh-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Georgia Tech won 24–7 to complete their national championship season. (Undefeated Michigan State was the top-ranked team in both final polls, released in early December)

This was the first televised Sugar Bowl, carried by ABC.[1]


The Yellow Jackets were champions of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with a 7–0 conference record and ranked #2 going into the game. Ole Miss finished third in the SEC, but had an undefeated regular season, highlighted by an upset win over Maryland, and were ranked in the top ten for the first time. This was the first bowl game for Ole Miss since 1948 and the program's first Sugar Bowl. This was Georgia Tech's first Sugar Bowl since 1944.[2]

Game summary

Ole Miss scored first on a 4-yard touchdown run by Wilson Dillard, as they took a 7–0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, Georgia Tech scored on a 1-yard Bill Brigman run to tie the game at 7. Pepper Rodgers kicked a 25-yard field goal as Georgia Tech went up 10–7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Leon Hardeman scored on a 6-yard touchdown run as Georgia Tech went up 17–7. In the fourth quarter, Rodgers threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Knox, as Georgia Tech won 24–7. Hardeman went 76 yards on 14 rushes with one touchdown and was named MVP.[3]


Both teams made two more Sugar Bowls appearances in the 1950s. Ole Miss added four more in the 1960s.


Statistics GT Ole Miss
First Downs 16 15
Yards Rushing 194 137
Yards Passing 101 103
Total Yards 295 287
Punts-Average 6-41.8 7-35.4
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 5-3
Interceptions 1 3
Penalties-Yards 5-42 6-60


  1. ^ a b "Unbeaten Tech, Mississippi in 19th Sugar Bowl". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. January 1, 1953. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Reference at www.allstatesugarbowl.org". Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Reference at www.allstatesugarbowl.org".