1980 Tulane Green Wave football team

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1980 Tulane Green Wave football
Tulane Green Wave Wordmark.png
Hall of Fame Classic vs. Arkansas, Lost 15–34
Conference Independent
1980 record 7–5
Head coach Vince Gibson
Home stadium Louisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 71,330)
« 1979 1981 »

The 1980 Tulane Green Wave football team represented Tulane University in the 1980 college football season. The team was led by first-year coach Vince Gibson. The Green Wave played home games in the Louisiana Superdome and finished with a 7–5 record, losing to Arkansas 15–34 in the Hall of Fame Classic. In the 78th edition of the Battle for the Flag, Tulane lost 7–24 to LSU. Throughout the season the offense scored 279 points, while the defense allowed 243 points. Two members of the Green Wave team were drafted into the NFL.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 6 Southern Miss* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Battle for the Bell) L 14–17  
September 13 at #13 Stanford* Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 14–19  
September 20 Rice* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 35–14  
September 27 at Ole Miss* Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS W 26–24  
October 4 SMU* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA L 21–31  
October 11 at Vanderbilt* Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 43–21  
October 18 Air Force* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 28–7  
October 25 at Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 31–14  
November 1 Kentucky* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 24–22  
November 15 Memphis* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 21–16  
November 22 at LSU* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Flag) L 7–24  
December 27 vs. Arkansas* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic) L 15–34  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


Team Players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Marty Wetzel Linebacker 10 251 New York Jets
Nickie Hall Quarterback 10 255 Green Bay Packers



  1. ^ "Tulane Football Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "1980 Preseason Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1981.htm