1953

1953

Alabama 61
Syracuse 6

January 1, 1953 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Orange Bowl Televised for First Time
Heavily-favored Alabama dominated Syracuse in the most lopsided Orange Bowl Classic in history. The Crimson Tide held a 21-6 halftime advantage and tacked on 20 points in each of the final quarters to embarrass the Orangemen 61-6.
 
Seven Orange Bowl records fell and four others were equaled as the Tide rolled up 586 yards of total offense out of its split T attack. Big plays marked its advances, including a 50-yard pass to Corky Tharp from Clell Hobson in the second quarter, an 80-yard Cecil Ingram punt return and Buster Hill's 60-yard interception return in the fourth.
 
Even backup quarterback Bart Starr got in on the action; Starr's 22-yard pass to Joe Cummings gave the Crimson Tide the Orange Bowl record for most points in the Classic.
 
A national television audience saw the Orange Bowl for the first time in history—CBS provided the coverage.
 

  ALA SYR
First Downs 25 15
Rushing Attempts 45 33
Rushing Yards 286 75
Passes Attempted 34 34
Passes Completed 22 17
Had Intercepted 2 5
Passing Yards 300 157
Total Offense 596 232
Punts/Avg. 3/30.0 8/35.0
Fumbles/Lost  3/2 0/0
Penalties/Yards 5/45 5/42

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Alabama 7 14 20 20 - 61
Syracuse 6 0 0 0 - 6

 
SCORING SUMMARY
ALA: Luna 28-yard pass from Hobson (Luna kick); SYR: Szonbathy 15-yard pass from Stark (kick failed); ALA: Marlow 2-yard run (Luna kick); ALA: Tharp 50-yard pass from Hobson (Luna kick); ALA: Luna 38-yard run (Luna kick); ALA: Lewis 4-yard run (Luna kick); ALA: Lewis 30-yard run (kick failed); ALA: Cummings 22-yard pass from Starr (kick failed); ALA: Ingram 80-yard punt return (Luna kick); ALA: Hill 60-yard interception return (Luna kick)
 
Alabama Head Coach: Harold “Red” Drew
Syracuse Head Coach: Ben Schwartzwalder

 

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