American Football Database
1950 Princeton Tigers football
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 6
1950 record9–0
Head coachCharlie Caldwell (6th season)
Offensive schemeUnbalanced single-wing
CaptainGeorge A. Chandler
Home stadiumPalmer Stadium
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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 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]


September 30WilliamsW 66–0
October 7Rutgers
  • Palmer Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ (rivalry)
W 34–28
October 14Navy
  • Palmer Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
W 20–14
October 21at BrownW 34–0
October 28No. 10 Cornell
  • Palmer Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
W 27–0
November 4ColgateNo. 10
  • Palmer Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
W 45–7
November 11HarvardNo. 8
  • Palmer Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ (rivalry)
W 63–26
November 18at YaleNo. 7W 47–12
November 25DartmouthNo. 7
  • Palmer Stadium
  • Princeton, NJ
W 13–7
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the 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!], 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". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  8. "Hollie Donan". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 30 April 2010.