October 25, 2010

UNDEFEATED, UNTIED 1950 FOOTBALL TEAM TO BE HONORED NOV. 20

DURHAM, N.H. – The 1950 University of New Hampshire football team, the last undefeated and untied squad in school history, will be honored at the regular-season finale Nov. 20 (12 p.m.) versus Towson. The Wildcats posted an 8-0 mark that season to win the Yankee Conference, capping the historic campaign Nov. 18, 1950, nearly 60 years to the day of their scheduled reunion celebration at Cowell Stadium.

The 1950 season began with a 62-6 win against Champlain College, where the Wildcats set a record that still stands with seven interceptions. Jack Bowes and Dick Dewing paced the offense with two touchdowns each, while Steve Perrochi nabbed three of UNH's seven picks.

One week later UNH downed Rhode Island, 27-14, in its Yankee Conference opener at Cowell Stadium. Bob Durand, quarterback Tom Gorman and Bowes scored touchdowns, with Bowes returning a punt 97 yards for a score.

The Wildcats ventured to Orono the following weekend to blank the Maine Black Bears, 19-0. Paul Wyman, Tony Bahros and Soupy Campbell sparked the defense, and Bowes rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries to spoil Maine's Homecoming.

UNH won its Homecoming game, posting a 14-0 shutout of Springfield College in week four. Durand's 17-yard touchdown run in the first half capped a 90-yard drive, and the lone score of the second half came on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Gorman to Bowes that was set up by a Perrochi fourth-quarter fumble recovery.

The Wildcats rolled to their third straight shutout triumph the next week at Vermont, beating the Catamounts, 34-0. Bowes scored four times, and UNH rushed for 552 yards, a mark that stood for 38 years.

In its sixth game, New Hampshire had to rally from an early 7-0 deficit against Connecticut at Cowell Stadium. Dewing's 38-yard touchdown run knotted the score, and Bowes and Dewing notched second-half scores to carry the Wildcats past the Huskies, 21-7. That win allowed UNH to claim the Beanpot, symbolizing supremacy in the Yankee Conference.

UNH upped its record to 7-0 in convincing fashion, building a 33-7 lead at Tufts before cruising to a 33-19 victory. Dewing, Gorman, Bowes, Campbell and Frank Penney scored touchdowns for the 'Cats.

The perfect season wrapped up with a hard-fought 13-7 defeat of Kent State, with Durand scoring both New Hampshire touchdowns.

Head coach Chief Boston was named the New England Coach of the Year as the Wildcats were the only New England unbeaten team that season. Dewing (893 yards) and Bowes (632 yards-13 touchdowns) led a rushing attack that ranked fourth in the nation among small colleges. Junior guard Ed Douglas won Little All-American honors while senior guard Bob Feero received honorable recognition. Bowes was named First Team All-New England and Dewing was a Second Team selection.

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