Widely considered to be one of the greatest assemblages of talent and athleticism ever to grace Lancaster County, and led by co-captains Bob King and Jack Lowder, the 1950 team became the first undefeated football team in Franklin & Marshall history. Headed by S. Woodrow Sponaugle, the assistant coaching staff is legendary in Lancaster. Sponaugle was assisted by his brother Boyd, track coach Bill Iannicelli, wrestling coach Roy Phillips, and George McGinness.
As a team, the Diplomats were unstoppable, downing opponents by an average of 21.22 points per game and winning the Hershey Chocolate Bowl game over Lebanon Valley 13-7 to begin the season. The squad set a program record with six shutouts, downing Johns Hopkins (20-14), Dickinson (7-0), McDaniel (25-0), Albright (14-0), Swarthmore (41-0), Ursinus (39-0), Washington & Jefferson (34-0) and Gettysburg (39-0) to earn a chance at a bowl game.
Although considered for the Cigar Bowl versus Morris Harvey, Florida State, Scranton, John Carroll, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-LaCrosse, St. Ambrose or Appalachian State in Tampa, the Diplomats did not receive a bid. The 1950 team was the first to utilize the "two platoon" system at the college, in which independent offensive and defensive units are used. Leading the offense were senior back Lowder, who totaled 490 yards and 13 touchdowns on 136 carries and junior quarterback Robert Werst, who completed 45 of 114 passes for 600 yards.
On defense, the Diplomats allowed an average of 158 yards per game and 4.5 points. For the season, the team intercepted 22 passes, including seven by junior Steve Michissin for 149 yards.