Clemson Tigers football, 1950–59

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The Clemson Tigers football teams of 1950–1959 represented Clemson Agricultural College in NCAA college football competition.

1950[edit]

1950 Clemson Tigers football
Orange Bowl, W 15–14 vs. Miami (FL)
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #10
1950 record 9–0–1 (3–0–1 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Fred Cone
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
1950 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 Washington & Lee 6 0 0     8 3 0
#10 Clemson 3 0 1     9 0 1
VMI 5 1 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 6 1 1     6 1 2
Maryland 4 1 1     7 2 1
Duke 5 2 0     7 3 0
North Carolina 3 2 1     3 5 2
George Washington 4 3 0     5 4 0
NC State 4 4 1     5 4 1
William & Mary 3 3 0     4 7 0
The Citadel 2 3 0     4 6 0
South Carolina 2 4 1     3 4 2
Furman 2 4 0     2 9 1
West Virginia 1 3 0     2 8 0
Davidson 1 5 0     3 6 0
Richmond 1 8 0     2 8 0
Virginia Tech 0 8 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 23* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 54–0
September 30* at #17 Missouri Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO W 34–0
October 7 NC State #18 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 27–0
October 19 at South Carolina #12 Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) T 14–14
October 28 at #17 Wake Forest #16 Groves StadiumWake Forest, NC W 13–12
November 4* Duquesne #14 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 53–20
November 11* at Boston College #13 Braves FieldBoston, MA W 35–14
November 18 Furman #11 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 57–2
November 25* at Alabama Polytechnic #11 Auburn StadiumAuburn, AL W 40–0
January 1* vs. #15 Miami (FL) #10 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL W 15–14
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1951[edit]

1951 Clemson Tigers football
Gator Bowl, L 0–14 vs. Miami (FL)
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
AP #19
1951 record 7–3 (3–1 SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Bob Patton
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Maryland § 5 0 0     10 0 0
VMI § 5 0 0     7 3 0
Washington & Lee 5 1 0     6 4 0
William & Mary 5 1 0     7 3 0
#19 Clemson 3 1 0     7 3 0
Duke 4 2 0     5 4 1
South Carolina 5 3 0     6 4 0
Wake Forest 5 3 0     6 4 0
George Washington 2 3 1     2 6 1
North Carolina 2 3 0     2 8 0
West Virginia 2 3 0     5 5 0
NC State 2 6 0     3 7 0
Richmond 2 6 0     3 8 0
The Citadel 1 3 0     4 6 0
Furman 1 4 1     3 6 1
Davidson 1 5 0     1 8 0
Virginia Tech 1 7 0     2 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 53–6
September 29* at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 20–14
October 6 at NC State #18 Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 6–0
October 13* at #20 Pacific #16 Pacific Memorial StadiumStockton, CA L 7–21
October 25 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 0–20
November 3 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–6
November 10* Boston College Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–2
November 17 at Furman Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 34–14
November 24* Alabama Polytechnic Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 34–0
January 1* vs. Miami (FL) #19 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 0–14
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1952[edit]

1952 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Southern Conference
1952 record 2–6–1 (* SoCon)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain George Rodgers
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »
1952 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 Duke 5 0 0     8 2 0
Wake Forest 5 1 0     5 4 1
West Virginia 5 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 4 1 0     4 5 0
George Washington 4 2 1     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 4 4 0     5 6 0
Furman 2 2 1     6 3 1
Washington & Lee 3 4 0     3 7 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 6 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     5 5 0
North Carolina 1 2 0     2 6 0
The Citadel 1 3 1     3 5 1
Davidson 1 6 0     2 7 0
Richmond 0 6 0     1 9 0
Clemson 0 0 0     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

After playing in the 1950 Orange Bowl and 1952 Gator Bowl in spite of the Southern Conference's ban on postseason play, Clemson was declared ineligible the conference championship. In part due to the ban, Clemson and six other schools left the Southern Conference to form the Atlantic Coast Conference for 1953.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 53–13
September 27* Villanova Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 7–14
October 4 at #3 Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 0–28
October 11* at Florida Florida FieldGainesville, FL L 13–54
October 23 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 0–6
October 31* at Boston College Braves FieldBoston, MA W 13–0
November 8* at Fordham Coffey FieldBronx, NY T 12–12
November 15* at Kentucky McLean StadiumLexington, KY L 14–27
November 22* at Alabama Polytechnic Auburn StadiumAuburn, AL L 0–3
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1953[edit]

1953 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1953 record 3–5–1 (1–2 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Dreher Gaskin, Nathan Gressette
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Maryland § 3 0 0     10 1 0
#18 Duke § 4 0 0     7 2 1
South Carolina 2 3 0     7 3 0
North Carolina 2 3 0     4 6 0
Wake Forest 2 3 0     3 6 1
Clemson 1 2 0     3 5 1
NC State 0 3 0     1 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[1]
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 33–7
September 26* at Boston College Fenway ParkBoston, MA T 26–26
October 3 #3 Maryland Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 0–20
October 9* at Miami (FL) Burdine StadiumMiami, FL L 7–39
October 22 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 7–14
October 31 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 18–0
November 7* at #6 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 7–20
November 14* at The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 34–13
November 21* #14 Alabama Polytechnic Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 19–45
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1954[edit]

1954 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1954 record 5–5 (1–2 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Buck George, Scott Jackson, Mark Kane, Clyde White
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
1954 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Duke 4 0 0     8 2 1
#8 Maryland 4 0 1     7 2 1
North Carolina 4 2 0     4 5 1
South Carolina 3 3 0     6 4 0
Clemson 1 2 0     5 5 0
Wake Forest 1 4 1     2 7 1
Virginia 0 2 0     3 6 0
NC State 0 4 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[2]
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 18* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 33–0
September 25* at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA L 7–14
October 2* Virginia Tech Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 7–18
October 9* vs. #14 Florida Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL W 14–7
October 21 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 8–13
October 30 vs. Wake Forest American Legion Memorial StadiumCharlotte, NC W 32–20
November 6* Furman Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 27–6
November 13 at #17 Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 0–16
November 20* at #18 Alabama Polytechnic Auburn StadiumAuburn, AL L 6–27
November 27* The Citadel Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 59–0
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1955[edit]

1955 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
1955 record 7–3 (3–1 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Don King
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »
1955 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Maryland § 4 0 0     10 1 0
Duke § 4 0 0     7 2 1
Clemson 3 1 0     7 3 0
Wake Forest 3 3 1     5 4 1
North Carolina 3 3 0     3 7 0
NC State 0 2 1     4 5 1
South Carolina 1 5 0     3 6 0
Virginia 0 4 0     1 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[3]
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 17* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 33–0
September 24 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 20–7
October 1* Georgia Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 7–14
October 8* at Rice #16 Rice StadiumHouston, TX L 7–21
October 20 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 28–14
October 29 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 19–13
November 5* vs. Virginia Tech Roanoke, VA W 21–16
November 12 #2 Maryland Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 12–25
November 19* vs. #12 Alabama Polytechnic Mobile, AL L 0–21
November 26* at Furman Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 40–20
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1956[edit]

1956 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champion
Orange Bowl, L 21–27 to Colorado
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP #19
1956 record 7–2–2 (4–0–1 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Charlie Bussey
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#19 Clemson 4 0 1     7 2 2
Duke 4 1 0     5 4 1
South Carolina 5 2 0     7 3 0
Maryland 2 2 1     2 7 1
North Carolina 2 3 1     2 7 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Wake Forest 1 5 1     2 5 3
Virginia 1 4 0     3 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll[4]
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 27–7
September 29* at #19 Florida Florida FieldGainesville, FL T 20–20
October 6 at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 13–7
October 13 at Wake Forest Bowman Gray StadiumWinston-Salem, NC W 17–0
October 25 at South Carolina #20 Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 7–0
November 3* #16 Virginia Tech #13 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 21–6
November 10 at Maryland #11 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD T 6–6
November 16* at #8 Miami (FL) #13 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL L 0–21
November 24 Virginia Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 7–0
December 1* Furman Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 28–7
January 1* vs. #20 Colorado #19 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL L 21–27
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1957[edit]

1957 Clemson Tigers football
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #18
1957 record 7–3 (4–3 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain John Grdijan, Leon Kaltenback
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »
1957 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NC State 5 0 1     7 1 2
Duke 5 1 1     6 3 2
Clemson 4 3 0     7 3 0
North Carolina 4 3 0     7 3 0
Maryland 4 3 0     5 5 0
Virginia 2 4 0     3 6 1
South Carolina 2 5 0     5 5 0
Wake Forest 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[5]

Clemson played its last game against Presbyterian College; Presbyterian was Clemson's season-opening game from 1930 until 1957.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 21* Presbyterian Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 66–0
September 28 at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 0–26
October 5 #13 NC State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) L 7–13
October 12 Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 20–6
October 24 at South Carolina Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 13–0
November 2* at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 20–7
November 9 Maryland Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 26–7
November 16 at #11 Duke #14 Duke StadiumDurham, NC L 6–7
November 23 Wake Forest Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 13–6
November 30* at Furman Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 45–6
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1958[edit]

1958 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champion
Sugar Bowl, L 0–7 vs. LSU
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #13
AP #12
1958 record 8–3 (5–1 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Bill Thomas
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
1958 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12 Clemson 5 1 0     8 3 0
#15 South Carolina 5 2 0     8 3 0
Duke 3 2 0     5 5 0
North Carolina 4 3 0     6 4 0
Maryland 3 3 0     4 6 0
Wake Forest 2 4 0     3 7 0
NC State 2 5 0     2 7 1
Virginia 1 5 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[6]

Coach Frank Howard's 100th win came September 27 against North Carolina. Clemson also played its first game against #1 ranked team when the played LSU in the Sugar Bowl.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 20 Virginia #18 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 20–15
September 27 North Carolina Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 26–21
October 4 at Maryland #10 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD W 8–0
October 11* at Vanderbilt #8 Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 12–7
October 23 at South Carolina #10 Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) L 6–26
November 1 Wake Forest #19 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 14–12
November 8* at Georgia Tech #17 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 0–13
November 15 at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC (Textile Bowl) W 13–6
November 22 Duke #16 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 34–12
November 29* Furman #12 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 36–19
January 1* vs. #1 LSU #12 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) L 0–7
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1959[edit]

1959 Clemson Tigers football
ACC Champion
Bluebonnet Bowl, W 0–7 vs. TCU
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP #11
1959 record 9–2 (6–1 ACC)
Head coach Frank Howard
Captain Paul Snyder, Harvey White
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »
1959 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#11 Clemson   6 1         9 2  
North Carolina   5 2         5 5  
Maryland   4 2         5 5  
South Carolina   4 3         6 4  
Wake Forest   4 3         6 4  
Duke   2 3         4 6  
NC State   0 6         1 9  
Virginia   0 5         0 10  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[7]

The annual game against South Carolina was played on Thursday at the State Fair for the final time. Clemson's 300th win came in the Bluebonnet Bowl against TCU.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 19 at #12 North Carolina #18 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 20–18
September 26 at Virginia #5 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 47–0
October 3* at #7 Georgia Tech #6 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA (Clemson – Georgia Tech rivalry) L 6–16
October 10 NC State Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Textile Bowl) W 23–0
October 22 at South Carolina #17 Columbia, SC (Big Thursday) W 27–0
October 31* at Rice #12 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 19–0
November 7 Duke #10 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 6–0
November 14 Maryland #11 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 25–28
November 21 Wake Forest #19 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 33–31
November 28* at Furman #14 Sirrine StadiumGreenville, SC W 56–3
December 19* vs. #7 TCU #11 Rice StadiumHouston, TX (Bluebonnet Bowl) W 23–7
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1953 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1954 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1955 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "1956 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "1957 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "1958 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "1959 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013.