1950 Princeton Tigers football team

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1950 Princeton Tigers football
Conference Independent
Coaches No. 8
AP No. 6
1950 record 9–0
Head coach Charlie Caldwell (6th season)
Offensive scheme Unbalanced single-wing
Captain George A. Chandler
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 future Ivy League teams, Princeton compiled a 5–0 record.[4]

Some selectors named Princeton the national champions, most notably the NCAA-recognized Poling System and Boand System.[5] Princeton was the sixth-ranked sixth in the Associated Press and eighth in the 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 Williams Palmer StadiumPrinceton, NJ W 66–0  
October 7 Rutgers Palmer Stadium • Princeton, NJ (rivalry) W 34–28  
October 14 Navy Palmer Stadium • Princeton, NJ W 20–14  
October 21 at Brown Brown StadiumProvidence, RI (rivalry) W 34–0  
October 28 No. 10 Cornell Palmer Stadium • Princeton, NJ W 27–0  
November 4 Colgate No. 10 Palmer Stadium • Princeton, NJ W 45–7  
November 11 Harvard No. 8 Palmer Stadium • Princeton, NJ (rivalry) W 63–26  
November 18 at Yale No. 7 Yale BowlNew Haven, CT (rivalry) W 47–12  
November 25 Dartmouth No. 7 Palmer Stadium • Princeton, NJ W 13–7  
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


  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 Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  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 Archived 2007-07-17 at WebCite, College Football Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation, retrieved 30 April 2010.
  8. ^ Hollie Donan Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine., College Football Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation, retrieved 30 April 2010.