Purdue Boilermakers football, 1950–59

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1950[edit]

1950 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1950 record 2-7-0 (1-4-0 )
Head coach Stuart Holcomb
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
1950 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/6 Michigan 4 1 1     6 3 1
#14/10 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
#NR/20 Wisconsin 5 2 0     6 3 0
#13/11 Illinois 4 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 4 1     1 7 1
Indiana 1 4 0     3 5 1
Purdue 1 4 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

In the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, Purdue defeated Indiana for the third consecutive season.

Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 at Texas L 26-34  
October 7 at Notre Dame W 28-14  
October 14 at Miami W 14-20  
October 28 at UCLA L 6-20  
November 4 at Wisconsin L 7-33  
November 11 at Northwestern W 14-19  
November 18 at Minnesota L 14-27  
November 25 at Indiana Hoosiers W 13-0  
*Non-conference game.

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1951[edit]

1951 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches #14
1951 record 5-4 (4-1-0 )
Head coach Stuart Holcomb
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Illinois 5 0 1     9 0 1
#NR/14 Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
#8/8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


1952[edit]

1952 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #18
1952 record 4-3-2 (4-1-1 )
Head coach Stuart Holcomb
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »
1952 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11/10 Wisconsin § 4 1 1     6 3 1
#18/12 Purdue § 4 1 1     4 3 2
#17/15 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan 4 2 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 1 2     4 3 2
Illinois 2 5 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     2 6 1
Iowa 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

Future NFL quarterback Dale Samuels led the Boilermakers to a share of the Big Ten title. All-American End Bernie Flowers led the Boilers in receiving (43 receptions, 603 yds) and scoring (42 points).

1953[edit]

1953 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1953 record 2-7-0 (2-4-0 )
Head coach Stuart Holcomb
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan State § 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Illinois § 5 1 0     7 1 1
#15/14 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 2 1
#NR/20 Ohio State 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 4 1
#20/19 Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
#9/10 Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     3 6 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


1954[edit]

1954 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1954 record 5-3-1 (3-3-0 )
Head coach Stuart Holcomb
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »
1954 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/2 Ohio State 7 0 0     10 0 0
#9/10 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 2 0
#15/15 Michigan 5 2 0     6 3 0
#NR/20 Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 4 0
Purdue 3 3 0     5 3 1
Indiana 2 4 0     3 6 0
Michigan State 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 1 5 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 6 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


1955[edit]

1955 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1955 record 5-3-1 (4-2-1 )
Head coach Stuart Holcomb
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »
1955 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Ohio State 6 0 0     7 2 0
#2/2 Michigan State 5 1 0     9 1 0
#12/13 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 3 1     5 3 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 0
Iowa 2 3 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 2 5 0     3 6 0
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 0 6 1     0 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

Future Super Bowl MVP Len Dawson was the starting quarterback for the Boilermakers. This was the last season in the 'Stuart Holcomb'-era at Purdue University. Future College Hall of Fame Coach Jack Mollenkopf was named the new Head Coach; Mollenkopf had been an assistant on the Purdue staff since 1947.

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1956[edit]

1956 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1956 record 3-4-2 (1-4-2 )
Head coach Jack Mollenkopf
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Iowa 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12/9 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
#9/10 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
#15/NR Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

Future New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was a backfield coach for the Boilermakers.[3] Future Super Bowl MVP Len Dawson was the starting quarterback for the Boilermakers.

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1957[edit]

1957 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1957 record 5-4-0 (4-3-0 )
Head coach Jack Mollenkopf
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »
1957 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/1 Ohio State 7 0 0     9 1 0
#3/3 Michigan State 5 1 0     8 1 0
#6/5 Iowa 4 1 1     7 1 1
#19/15 Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 3 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 4 0     4 5 0
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 7 0     0 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

Future long-time Eastern Illinois Head Coach Bob Spoo split the starting quarterback duties for the Boilermakers; Ross Fichtner also spent part of the season as the starting quarterback.

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1958[edit]

1958 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #13
1958 record 6-1-2 (3-1-2 )
Head coach Jack Mollenkopf
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
1958 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2/2 Iowa 5 1 0     8 1 1
#7/6 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
#8/7 Ohio State 4 1 2     6 1 2
#13/11 Purdue 3 1 2     6 1 2
Indiana 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 4 3 0     4 5 0
#NR/17 Northwestern 3 4 0     5 4 0
Michigan 1 5 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     1 8 0
Michigan State 0 5 1     3 5 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

Future long-time Eastern Illinois Head Coach Bob Spoo split the starting quarterback duties for the Boilermakers; Ross Fichtner also spent part of the season as the starting quarterback.


1959[edit]

1959 Purdue Boilermakers football
Conference Big Ten
1959 record 3-6-0 ( )
Head coach Ed Danowski
Offensive scheme T Formation
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »
1959 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 3 0
#NR/16 Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
#13/12 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll


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