Tampa Spartans football, 1970–74

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The Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the sport of college football from the 1933 through the 1974 college football seasons. During the 1970s, the Spartans competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and played their home games at Tampa Stadium off-campus in Tampa, Florida.

Contents: 1970  · 1971  · 1972  · 1973  · 1974


1970[edit]

1970 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1970 record 10–1
Head coach Fran Curci
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1969 1971 »

The 1970 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1970 college football season. It was the Spartans' 34th season and competed as a College Division Independent. The team was led by head coach Fran Curci, in his third year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of ten wins and one loss (10–1).

The Spartans opened the season with a 45–12 victory Delta State, and in the win Leon McQuay ran for 177 yards for Tampa in the win.[1] In their second game, Tampa shutout New Mexico Highlands 20–0 in what was the Cowboys' first loss since the 1966 season.[2] After victories at Youngstown State and against North Texas State, the Spartans traveled to play at Miami on a Friday evening in their fifth game of the season. Against the Hurricanes, Tampa had one of the bigger upsets of the season with their 31–14 win.[3] Former Miami quarterback Lew Pytel started for the Spartans, and the upset was considered unlikely to happen as Miami played in the University Division and the Spartans played in the lower College Division.[3]

After their upset at Miami, Tampa was ranked as the No. 1 team in the College Division, returned home and defeated Xavier 33–10 to remain undefeated.[4] The Spartans then won a pair of games in Louisiana against Louisiana Tech and Southwestern Louisiana before they returned home for the final three games of the season.[5][6] In their 68–7 blowout victory over Idaho State, McQuay was the star as he rushed for 213 yards and had three touchdowns.[7] Against Vanderbilt, Tampa was required to suspend five players, that included three starters on the defense, to comply with Southeastern Conference rules for transfer players as the Spartans played as an Independent.[8] Without several of their defensive starters, Tampa lost their lone game of the season against the Commodores 28–36 before 35,893 fans.[9] The Spartans then closed the season with a 49–7 win over Florida A&M and claimed the final No. 2 ranking.[10] After the end of the season, on December 19, Curci was hired by Miami to serve as their new head coach.[11]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 12 Delta State* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL W 45–12    
September 26 New Mexico Highlands* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 20–0    
October 3 at Youngstown State* Campbell Memorial Stadium • Youngstown, OH W 35–13    
October 10 North Texas State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 18–7    
October 16 at Miami* Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 31–14   30,000
October 24 Xavier* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 33–10   19,132
October 31 at Louisiana Tech* Louisiana Tech StadiumRuston, LA W 14–10    
November 7 at Southwestern Louisiana* McNaspy StadiumLafayette, LA W 50–38    
November 14 Idaho State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 68–7    
November 21 Vanderbilt* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 28–36   35,893
November 28 Florida A&M* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 49–7   45,253
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1971[edit]

1971 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1971 record 6–5
Head coach Bill Fulcher
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »

The 1971 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1971 college football season. It was the Spartans' 35th season and competed as a College Division Independent. The team was led by head coach Bill Fulcher, in his first year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5). Fulcher was hired on January 7, 1971, to serve as the replacement for Fran Curci who resigned to become the head coach at Miami.[12]

After an upset loss against Louisiana Tech to open the season, the Spartans won four consecutive games against Chattanooga, Youngstown State, Dayton and Drake.[13] Ranked No. 2 as they entered their game against Villanova, Tampa was upset by the Wildcats 24–3.[14] After the loss, the Spartans would lose three of their next four games. A week after their loss at Louisville, Tampa returned home and lost to Ole Miss by a single point in a game that saw the Spartans score on touchdown passes of 93 and 49 yards.[15] Tampa then rebounded the next week with a 43–7 win over East Carolina.[16] The Spartans then closed the season with a loss at Vanderbilt and a victory over Florida A&M.[17] On January 21, 1972, Fulcher resigned as head coach of the Spartans to take the same position at Georgia Tech.[18]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 18 Louisiana Tech* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL L 20–28   27,333
September 25 at Chattanooga* Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN W 31–14    
October 2 Youngstown State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 49–0   15,152
October 9 Dayton* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 47–14    
October 16 at Drake* Drake StadiumDes Moines, IA W 36–2    
October 23 Villanova* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 3–24    
October 30 at Louisville* Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY L 10–21    
November 6 Ole Miss* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 27–28   20,939
November 13 East Carolina* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 43–7   17,092
November 20 at Vanderbilt* Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 7–10    
November 27 Florida A&M* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 56–14   44,000
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1972[edit]

1972 Tampa Spartans football
Tangerine Bowl Champions
Tangerine Bowl, W 21–18 vs. Kent State
Conference Independent
1972 record 10–2
Head coach Earle Bruce
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »

The 1972 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1972 college football season. It was the Spartans' 36th season and competed as a College Division Independent. The team was led by head coach Earle Bruce, in his first year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2) and with a victory in the Tangerine Bowl over Kent State. Bruce was hired on February 2, 1972, to serve as the replacement for Bill Fulcher who resigned to become the head coach at Georgia Tech.[19]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 9 Toledo* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL W 21–0    
September 16 at Northern Michigan* Memorial Stadium • Marquette, MI W 34–21    
September 22 Eastern Michigan* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 42–0    
September 30 at Kansas State* KSU StadiumManhattan, KS L 7–31   25,000
October 7 Louisville* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 14–17    
October 14 Southern Illinois* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 44–0    
October 21 Drake* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 24–7    
November 4 Florida A&M* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 28–9    
November 11 Miami* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 7–0    
November 18 Bowling Green* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 29–22    
November 25 Vanderbilt* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 30–7    
December 29 vs. Kent State* Tangerine BowlOrlando, FL (Tangerine Bowl) W 21–18    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1973[edit]

1973 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1973 record 8–3
Head coach Dennis Fryzel
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1972 1974 »

The 1973 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1973 college football season. It was the Spartans' 37th season and competed as a College Division Independent. The team was led by head coach Dennis Fryzel, in his first year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of eight wins and three losses (8–3). Fryzel was hired on January 3, 1973, to serve as the replacement for Earle Bruce who resigned to become the head coach at Iowa State.[20]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 15 Toledo* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL W 35–25    
September 21 Xavier* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 34–7    
September 29 Kansas State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 0–17    
October 6 Akron* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 21–7    
October 13 Villanova* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 17–10    
October 20 at Southern Illinois* McAndrew StadiumCarbondale, IL W 25–23    
October 27 Northern Michigan* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 20–0    
November 10 at West Texas State* Kimbrough Memorial StadiumCanyon, TX W 28–6    
November 17 Chattanooga* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 24–25    
November 24 at Vanderbilt* Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 30–7    
December 1 Rutgers* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 34–6    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1974[edit]

1974 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1974 record 6–5
Head coach Dennis Fryzel
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1973 none »

The 1974 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1974 college football season. It was the Spartans' 38th season and competed as a College Division Independent. The team was led by head coach Dennis Fryzel, in his second year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5). On February 27, 1975, the University of Tampa Board of Trustees voted to disband the Spartans football program effective for the 1975 season.[21] Financial hardship was cited as the primary reason for its being disbanded.[21]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 7 at Chattanooga* Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN W 28–0    
September 14 at Toledo* Glass BowlToledo, OH W 47–13    
September 21 at San Diego State* San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA L 25–28    
September 28 Miami* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL L 26–28    
October 5 at Akron* Rubber BowlAkron, OH W 16–7    
October 12 Villanova* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 48–7    
October 19 at Southwestern Louisiana* Cajun FieldLafayette, LA W 14–13    
October 26 Tulsa* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 21–31    
November 9 West Texas State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 6–24    
November 23 Southern Miss* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 10–11    
November 30 Florida A&M* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 35–10    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

References[edit]

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