1950 Princeton Tigers football team

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1950 Princeton Tigers football
Conference Ivy League
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 6
1950 record 9–0 (5–0 Ivy League)
Head coach Charlie Caldwell
Offensive scheme Unbalanced single-wing
Home stadium Palmer Stadium
« 1949 1951 »

The 1950 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate competition during the 1950 season. The Tigers were led by sixth-year head coach Charlie Caldwell, a future College Football Hall of Fame inductee, who utilized an "unbalanced" version of the single-wing formation.[2] The Princeton offense, which made use of the buck-lateral series, was one of the last successful employers of the single-wing formation, which had been made obsolete by the modernized T formation.[3]

Princeton finished with a perfect undefeated record of 9–0, and the Tigers outscored their opponents 349–94. Against other Ivy League teams, Princeton compiled a 5–0 record and outscored their opponents 184–45, although the conference did not begin awarding a football championship until 1956.[4]

Some selectors named Princeton the national champions, most notably the NCAA-recognized Poling System and Boand System.[5] Princeton was the sixth-ranked team in both the Associated Press and United Press final polls. After the season, Tigers halfback Dick Kazmaier, tackle Holland Donan, and center Redmond Finney received first-team All-America honors.[6] Kazmaier and Donan were eventually inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[7][8]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 30, 1950 Williams Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 66–0  
October 7, 1950 Rutgers Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 34–28  
October 14, 1950 Navy Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 20–14  
October 21, 1950 at Brown Brown StadiumProvidence, Rhode Island W 34–0  
October 28, 1950 Cornell Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 27–0  
November 4, 1950 No. 10 Colgate Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 45–7  
November 11, 1950 Harvard No. 8 Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 63–26  
November 18, 1950 Yale No. 7 Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut W 47–12  
November 25, 1950 Dartmouth No. 7 Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey W 13–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


  1. ^ The Poling System and the Boand System computed Princeton as the 1950 national championship team.
  2. ^ A Very Brief Look at "the" Single-Wing, Coach Wyatt, retrieved June 19, 2009. Archived 2009-06-22.
  3. ^ Masin, Herman L., [It Fit the Millennium To A T! http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-27450841_ITM], Coach and Athletic Director, 2000, retrieved August 14, 2010.
  4. ^ 1950 Princeton Tigers, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 19, 2009. Archived 2009-06-22.
  5. ^ "National Poll Champions", 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF), p. 77, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2007. Accessed 2009-06-19. Archived 2009-06-22.
  6. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1218, New York: ESPN Books, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  7. ^ Dick "Kaz" Kazmaier, College Football Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation, retrieved 30 April 2010.
  8. ^ Hollie Donan, College Football Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation, retrieved 30 April 2010.