1950 Princeton Tigers football team
|1950 Princeton Tigers football|
|1950 record||9–0 (5–0 Ivy League)|
|Head coach||Charlie Caldwell|
|Offensive scheme||Unbalanced single-wing|
|Home stadium||Palmer Stadium|
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. 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.
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.
Some selectors named Princeton the national champions, most notably the NCAA-recognized Poling System and Boand System. 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. Kazmaier and Donan were eventually inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
|September 30, 1950||Williams||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 66–0|
|October 7, 1950||Rutgers||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 34–28|
|October 14, 1950||Navy||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 20–14|
|October 21, 1950||at Brown||Brown Stadium • Providence, Rhode Island||W 34–0|
|October 28, 1950||Cornell||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 27–0|
|November 4, 1950||No. 10 Colgate||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 45–7|
|November 11, 1950||Harvard||No. 8||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 63–26|
|November 18, 1950||Yale||No. 7||Yale Bowl • New Haven, Connecticut||W 47–12|
|November 25, 1950||Dartmouth||No. 7||Palmer Stadium • Princeton, New Jersey||W 13–7|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
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