1929 Tulane Green Wave football team

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1929 Tulane Green Wave football
SoCon champion
Conference Southern Conference
1929 record 9–0 (6–0 SoCon)
Head coach Bernie Bierman
Offensive scheme Single wing
Captain Bill Banker
Home stadium Tulane Stadium
(Capacity: 35,000)
Seasons
« 1928 1930 »
1929 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tulane $ 6 0 0     9 0 0
Tennessee 6 0 1     9 0 1
North Carolina 7 1 0     9 1 0
Florida 6 1 0     8 2 0
Vanderbilt 5 1 0     7 2 0
Kentucky 3 1 1     6 1 1
Georgia 4 2 0     6 4 0
VMI 4 2 0     8 2 0
Duke 2 1 0     4 6 0
LSU 3 2 0     6 3 0
Alabama 4 3 0     6 3 0
Clemson 3 3 0     8 3 0
VPI 2 3 0     5 4 0
Georgia Tech 3 5 0     3 6 0
South Carolina 2 5 0     6 5 0
Virginia 1 3 2     4 3 2
Maryland 1 3 1     4 4 2
Washington and Lee 1 4 1     3 5 1
Ole Miss 0 4 2     1 6 2
Mississippi A&M 0 3 1     1 5 2
Sewanee 0 4 1     2 5 2
NC State 0 5 0     1 8 0
Auburn 0 7 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1929 Tulane Green Wave football team represented the Tulane Green Wave of Tulane University during the 1929 college football season. Led by captain Bill Banker, the Green Wave posted a 9–0, undefeated record.

Before the season[edit]

The team would feature a veteran backfield of quarterback Dick Baumbach, halfbacks Ike Armstrong and captain Bill Banker, and fullbacks Fred Seeuws and Jack Pizzano.[1][2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 28 Northwestern State* Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 40–6  
October 5 Texas A&M* Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 13–10  
October 12 Mississippi A&M Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 34–0  
October 19 Southwestern Louisiana* Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 60–0  
October 26 Georgia Tech Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 20–14  
November 2 vs. Georgia Memorial StadiumColumbus, GA W 21–15   15,000
November 9 Auburn Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 52–0  
November 16 Sewanee Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA W 18–0  
November 28 at LSU Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Flag) W 21–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

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Season summary[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

After leading at the half 7–2, Tulane allowed the Texas A&M Aggies to take the lead 8–7. A pass from Ike Armstrong to Wop Glover in the last quarter got the win. After a safety, Tulane won 13–10.[1]

Georgia Tech[edit]

During the game with Georgia Tech, Banker wore a helmet onto the field because coach Bernie Bierman threatened to yank him out of the game. But the helmet slipped over his eyes as the Yellow Jackets were preparing to kickoff, so Banker tossed it to the sideline, and was never taken out, calling Bierman's bluff.[4] Tulane went on to win 20–14.

Georgia[edit]

Tulane at Georgia
1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 7 7 7 0 21
Georgia 2 13 0 0 15

Sources:[5]

The Green Wave defeated Georgia, conquerors of Yale, in Columbus 21–15, twice coming from behind.[5] For the first score, end Vernon "Catfish" Smith nailed Bill Banker behind the line for a safety.[5] After Tulane blocked a punt, Banker put in a touchdown for the lead.[5]

Tulane's second touchdown came on a 62-yard run from Ike Armstrong. Georgia's Smith next caught a pass and went 20 yards to the goal. Georgia went ahead 15–14 after Ripper Roberts intercepted a pass and ran 60 yards for the touchdown.[5] Tulane won on an ensuing 80-yard drive, in a 2-yard run from Banker.[5]

The starting lineup was Holland (left end), McCanse (left tackle), Boenger (left guard), Robert (center), McCormick (right guard), Luker (right tackle), Dalrymple (right end), Baumbach (quarterback), Armstrong (left halfback), Banker (right halfback), Seeuws (fullback).[5]

Auburn[edit]

All of the reserves got to play in the 52–0 romp over Auburn.[1]

LSU[edit]

The Green Wave won 21–0 over rival LSU. The first touchdown came on a pass from backer to Armstrong.[1] Jerry Dalrymple scored the next touchdown, snatching a pass from Armstrong and running more than half the field for a score.[1] Preacher Roberts returned an interception for the final score.[1]

Postseason[edit]

Roberts' performance in the LSU game netted him next year's captaincy.[1] Tulane won the SoCon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jambalaya 1929, p. 170
  2. ^ "Tulane To Lose Eight Gridders". The Evening Independent. December 2, 1929. 
  3. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/tulane/1929-schedule.html
  4. ^ "Bill Banker". Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Tulane Wins Over Georgia, 21 to 15, In Brilliant Game". The Anniston Star. November 2, 1929. p. 6. Retrieved May 27, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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