1950 West Texas State Buffaloes football team

The 1950 West Texas State Buffaloes football team was an American football team that represented West Texas State College (now known as West Texas A&M University) in the Border Conference during the 1950 college football season. In its fourth season under head coach Frank Kimbrough, the team compiled a 10–1 record (6–0 against conference opponents), won the conference championship, defeated Cincinnati in the 1951 Sun Bowl, and outscored all opponents by a total of 386 to 190.[1][2]

1950 West Texas State Buffaloes football
Border champion
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 14–13 vs. Cincinnati
ConferenceBorder Conference
Record10–1 (6–0 Border)
Head coach
Home stadiumBuffalo Stadium
Seasons
← 1949
1951 →
1950 Border Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
West Texas State $ 6 0 0 10 1 0
Arizona State 4 1 0 9 2 0
Texas Western 4 2 0 7 3 0
Texas Tech 3 2 0 3 8 0
Hardin–Simmons 3 3 0 5 5 0
Arizona 2 4 0 4 6 0
New Mexico 2 5 0 2 8 0
New Mexico A&M 1 4 0 2 7 0
Arizona State–Flagstaff 0 4 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The team averaged 35.1 points per game, ranking fourth among 120 major college programs for the 1950 season.[2] The team also averaged 322.9 rushing yards per game, a figure that remains a program record.[3]

The team was led on offense by a trio of quarterback Gene Mayfield and backs Billy Cross and Charles Wright. Mayfield was named to the Associated Press Little All-America team.[4] Cross's 1950 average of 9.21 rushing yards per carry also remains a program record.[3] Wright set a school record (later broken) with 1,203 rushing yards.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 16Arizona State–FlagstaffCanyon, TXW 52–12
September 23at ArizonaW 34–26
September 30McMurry*Canyon, TXW 41–19
October 7at Texas TechW 28–1317,000[6]
October 14New Mexico
W 45–612,000[7]
October 21Sam Houston State* Canyon, TXW 45–6
October 28at Trinity (TX)*San Antonio, TXL 20–27
November 4at Texas WesternW 40–12[8]
November 18at Hardin–SimmonsAbilene, TXW 47–13
November 25at Corpus Christi*Corpus Christi, TXW 26–13
January 1, 1951vs. Cincinnati*
W 14–1315,000[9]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 Buffalo Football Record Book" (PDF). West Texas A&M University. p. 74. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "1950 West Texas A&M Buffaloes Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b 2018 West Texas A&M Record Book, p. 67.
  4. ^ 2018 West Texas A&M Record Book, p. 84.
  5. ^ 2018 West Texas A&M Record Book, p. 69.
  6. ^ Kelly, Joe (October 8, 1950). "Buffaloes Roar To 28-13 Win Over Red Raiders: First Loss By Tech To Buffs Since '30". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Kailer, J.D. (October 15, 1950). "West Texas State Smothers New Mexico 45 to 6". Albuquerque Journal. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Whitlock, Chuck (November 5, 1950). "West Texas Buffaloes Down Miners, 40-12". The El Paso Times. pp. 1, 37 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Whitlock, Chuck (January 2, 1951). "West Texas Edges Cincinnati, 14-13: 15,000 Fans See Thrilling Sun Bowl Tilt". El Paso Times. p. 1.