College Football 150: Lewis & Clark's 1950 Squad

College Football 150: Lewis & Clark's 1950 Squad

HILLSBORO, Ore. – In honor of the 150th season of college football, the Northwest Conference is highlighting the 1950 Lewis & Clark football squad – a team that recorded the first undefeated season in Pio football history and still holds program records in average points per game (36.3) and points allowed per game (3.4) to this day, in addition to 23 All-NWC honorees, 11 of whom earned first team honors.

In just the fifth year of the program, Head Coach Joe Huston led the Pios to a 5-0 NWC record (9-0 overall) to claim the first NWC title for the program. The team was recognized by sports editor L.H. Gregory as “the best football team in the state this year,” surpassing Division I University of Oregon and Oregon State. 

Aside from holding the program record in points per game and points allowed per game, the team also led the nation’s small colleges in rushing defense, and ranked second in total defense and rushing offense, and eighth in total offense. The Pios allowed only five touchdowns throughout the entire season, and outscored NWC opponents 173-6 at the conclusion of the season. 

The standout season garnered individual honors for a number of student-athletes, including four All-America or All-Coast recognitions, 11 All-NWC first team selections, and 12 All-NWC honorable mention nods.

The winningest coach in Lewis & Clark football history, Huston was at the helm of the program for 18 seasons from 1947-1964, earning 100 wins out of 159 contests to record a .651 win percentage at the conclusion of his coaching career, including a winning percentage against every conference opponent. Huston earned six NWC titles in his career – the most in program history.

The 1950 season created a ripple effect for Pio football, with the squad placing within the top-three in the conference in 11 out of Huston’s remaining 14 seasons, including two shared titles and one outright.

79 years later, Pio football continues to build on the success of its early seasons in Head Coach Jay Locey’s 10th season.