1920 Tulane Green Wave football team
|1920 Tulane Green Wave football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1920 record||6–2–1 (5–0 SIAA)|
|Head coach||Clark Shaughnessy (6th season)|
|Offensive scheme||Single wing|
|Home stadium||Second Tulane Stadium
|1920 SIAA football standings|
|Georgia Tech +||4||–||0||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
The 1920 Tulane Green Wave football team represented the Tulane Green Wave of the Tulane University during the 1920 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The 1920 team tied for the SIAA championship with Georgia and Georgia Tech, and was the first called the "Green Wave", after a song titled "The Rolling Green Wave".
Before the season
Though he was famous for later using the T formation, at Tulane Shaughnessy employed the single wing. Shaughnessy also introduced to Tulane the Minnesota shift, an innovation created by his former coach Henry L. Williams.
|October 2||Southwestern Louisiana*||New Orleans, LA||W 79–0|
|October 9||Mississippi College||New Orleans, LA||W 29–0|
|October 16||Rice*||Heinemann Park • New Orleans, LA||T 0–0|
|October 23||at Ole Miss||Oxford, MS (Rivalry)||W 32–0|
|October 30||at Michigan*||Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI||L 21–0|
|November 6||at Florida||Plant Field • Tampa, FL||W 14–0|
|November 13||Mississippi A&M||New Orleans, LA||W 6–0|
|November 25||at LSU||Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry)||W 21–0|
|December 4||Detroit*||New Orleans, LA||L 7–0|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
The season opened with a 79–0 victory over Southwestern Louisiana. One full quarter was played by the substitutes.
On Oct. 20, 1920, Earl Sparling, the editor of the Tulane Hullabaloo, wrote a football song which was printed in the newspaper. The song was titled "The Rolling Green Wave." Although the name was not immediately adopted, it began to receive acceptance.
Tulane beat Mississippi 32–0. Coach Shaughnessy introduced a new shift in the first half, and the players had trouble implementing it. By the second period, Tulane played conventional football instead.
In Tampa, Tulane beat the Florida Gators 14–0. Florida's Tootie Perry played one of the best games seen in Tampa. Dwyer went over right tackle for the first touchdown. After B. Brown cut loose for a 30-yard run, Richcoon scored the last.
The starting lineup was Beaulau (left end), Unsworth (left tackle), Fitz (left guard), Reed (center), Killinger (right guard), Payne (right tackle), Wight (right end), Richeson (quarterback), Dwyer (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), McGraw (fullback).
Tulane triumphed 21–0 over rival LSU. The starting lineup was Wiegand (left end), Payne (left tackle), Fitz (left guard), Reed (center), Unsworth (right guard), Beallieu (right tackle), Wight (right end), Richeson (quarterback), Dwyer (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), Smith (fullback).
On a muddy field, the Detroit Titans beat Tulane 7–0. Detroit opened up with passes early, leading to Lauer's off tackle touchdown. The starting lineup was Smith (left end), Payne (left tackle), Unsworth (left guard), Reed (center), Palermo (right guard), Fitz (right tackle), Wight (right end), Richeson (quarterback), Brown (left halfback), Dwyer (right halfback), Beaullieu (fullback).
|Eddie Reed||center||New Orleans, Louisiana||Spring Hill College|
|Bennie Smith||end and fullback|
|Johnny Wight||right end|
|Bennie Brown||right halfback|
|Mal Maloney||quarter and fullback|
|Harold Quinn||quarter and fullback|
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