1929 Tulane Green Wave football team
|1929 Tulane Green Wave football|
|1929 record||9–0 (6–0 SoCon)|
|Head coach||Bernie Bierman|
|Offensive scheme||Single wing|
|Home stadium||Tulane Stadium
|1929 Southern Conference football standings|
|Washington and Lee||1||–||4||–||1||3||–||5||–||1|
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
|September 28||Northwestern State*||Tulane Stadium • New 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 Stadium • Columbus, 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. Homecoming.|
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. Tulane went on to win 20–14.
The Green Wave defeated Georgia, conquerors of Yale, in Columbus 21–15, twice coming from behind. For the first score, end Vernon "Catfish" Smith nailed Bill Banker behind the line for a safety. After Tulane blocked a punt, Banker put in a touchdown for the lead.
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. Tulane won on an ensuing 80-yard drive, in a 2-yard run from Banker.
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).
The Green Wave won 21–0 over rival LSU. The first touchdown came on a pass from backer to Armstrong. Jerry Dalrymple scored the next touchdown, snatching a pass from Armstrong and running more than half the field for a score. Preacher Roberts returned an interception for the final score.
Roberts' performance in the LSU game netted him next year's captaincy. Tulane won the SoCon.
- Jambalaya 1929, p. 170
- "Tulane To Lose Eight Gridders". The Evening Independent. December 2, 1929.
- "Bill Banker". Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
- "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.
- Jambalaya. 1929.