Tulane Green Wave football, 1970–79

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1970[edit]

In his fifth and final season with the Green Wave, coach Jim Pittman led Tulane to its first bowl victory since the inaugural Sugar Bowl following the 1934 season. Sadly, he died less than 11 months following the Wave's 17-3 Liberty Bowl victory over Colorado, suffering a massive heart attack while coaching TCU in its rivalry game vs. Baylor at Waco.

1970 Tulane Green Wave football
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl vs. Colorado, Won 17–3
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 17
1970 record8–4
Head coachJim Pittman
Home stadiumTulane Stadium
(Capacity: 80,985)[1]
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 12at Texas Tech*L 14–21
September 19No. 19 Georgia*W 17–14
September 26at Illinois*W 23–9
October 3at Cincinnati*W 6–3
October 10at No. 8 Air Force*L 3–24
October 17North Carolina*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 24–17
October 24at Georgia Tech*L 6–20
October 31at Vanderbilt*W 10–7
November 7Miami*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 31–16
November 21North Carolina State*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 31–0
November 28No. 6 LSU*
L 14–26
December 12vs. Colorado*W 17–3
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit]

1970 Tulane Green Wave football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 11 David Abercrombie Sr
T 69 Rob Foley So
QB 10 Greg Gleason Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 50 Ray Hester Sr
LB 32 Rick Kingrea Sr
DE 80 Rusty Lee So
DE 77 Mike Walker Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1971[edit]

1971 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1971 record3–8
Head coachBennie Ellender
Home stadiumTulane Stadium
(Capacity: 80,985)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 11Texas Tech*W 15–9
September 18at No. 11 Georgia*L 7–17
September 25at Rice*L 11–14
October 2William & Mary*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
L 3–14
October 9at No. 18 North Carolina*W 37–29
October 16Pittsburgh*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 33–8
October 23Georgia Tech*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
L 16–24
October 30Vanderbilt*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
L 9–13
November 6Ohio*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
L 7–30
November 13at No. 8 Notre Dame*L 7–21
November 27at No. 10 LSU*L 7–36
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1972[edit]

The Green Wave enjoyed their second winning season in three years, but the 6-5 record easily could have been 8-3.

In Tulane's loss at Miami, the Hurricanes were erroneously awarded a fifth down late in the fourth quarter, helping them drive to the winning touchdown. The Southeastern Conference, which assigned the officials for the game, acknowledged the error, but it was too late to change the outcome.

Nearly two months later, Tulane came up achingly short in its quest to end a 24-year winless streak vs. archrival LSU in the season finale. Trailing 9-3 with seconds remaining, Green Wave halfback Bill Huber took a swing pass in the flat and appeared headed to a touchdown, but he was stopped at the 1-yard line by Tiger safety Frank Racine after time ran out.

1972 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1972 record6–5
Head coachBennie Ellender
Home stadiumTulane Stadium
(Capacity: 80,985)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 15at Boston College*W 10–0
September 23No. 16 Georgia*W 24–13
September 30at No. 8 Michigan*No. 18L 7–41
October 7Pittsburgh*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 38–6
October 14at Miami*L 21–24
October 21at West Virginia*L 19–31
October 28at Georgia Tech*L 7–21
November 4Kentucky*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 18–7
November 11Ohio*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 44–6
November 18at Vanderbilt*W 21–7
December 2No. 11 LSU*
L 3–9
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit]

1972 Tulane Green Wave football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 22 Mike Foley Jr
C 50 Rob Foley Jr
QB 10 Steve Foley So
QB 16 Mike Walker Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 80 Rusty Lee Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1973[edit]

Tulane's thirst for victory over LSU was finally quenched on December 1. The Green Wave's 14-0 victory was its first over the Bayou Bengals since 1948, and first in New Orleans over LSU since 1943. A record crowd of 86,598 jammed Tulane Stadium for what would be the final LSU-Tulane game in the facility. It was the largest attendance for a football game in Louisiana until LSU expanded Tiger Stadium to over 91,000 in 2000.

1973 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 20
1973 record9–3
Head coachBennie Ellender
Offensive schemeMultiple
Base defense5-2 Monster
Home stadiumTulane Stadium
(Capacity: 80,985)
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 22Boston College*W 21–16
September 29VMI*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 42–0
October 6at Pittsburgh*W 24–6
October 13at Duke*No. 18W 24–17
October 20North Carolina*No. 17
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 16–0
October 27Georgia Tech*No. 15
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 23–14
November 3at Kentucky*No. 14L 7–34
November 10Navy*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 17–15
November 17Vanderbilt*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 24–3
November 24at Maryland*No. 17L 9–42
December 1No. 8 LSU*
W 14–0
December 29vs. No. 14 Houston*No. 17L 7–47
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1974[edit]

This was the Green Wave's final season in Tulane Stadium. Tulane's scheduled season opener September 7 vs. Ole Miss was postponed to the end of the season due to the approach of Hurricane Carmen.

1974 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1974 record5–6
Head coachBennie Ellender
Home stadiumTulane Stadium
(Capacity: 80,985)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 14Southwestern Louisiana*W 17–16
September 21at Army*W 31–14
September 28West Virginia*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 17–14
October 12at Air Force*W 10–3
October 19The Citadel*No. 20
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 30–3
October 26at Georgia Tech*No. 18L 7–27
November 2Kentucky*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
L 7–30
November 9at Boston College*L 3–27
November 16at Vanderbilt*L 22–30
November 23at LSU*L 22–24
November 30Ole Miss*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
L 10–26
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1975[edit]

The Green Wave moved into the Louisiana Superdome, playing its first regular season game September 20 vs. Ole Miss, eight days before the Saints played their inaugural game in the facility vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

1975 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1975 record4–7
Head coachBennie Ellender
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 74,452)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 13at Clemson*W 17–13
September 20Ole Miss*W 14–3
September 27Syracuse*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 13–31
October 4Vanderbilt*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 3–6
October 11at Boston College*W 17–7
October 18at West Virginia*W 16–14
October 25Georgia Tech*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 0–23
November 1at Kentucky*L 10–23
November 8Air Force*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 12–13
November 15North Carolina*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 15–17
November 22LSU*
L 6–42
  • *Non-conference game

1976[edit]

1976 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1976 record2–9
Head coachLarry Smith
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 74,452)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 11Cincinnati*L 14–21
September 18at No. 20 Ole Miss*L 7–34
September 25No. 18 Boston College*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 3–27
October 2at Vanderbilt*W 24–13
October 9at Syracuse*L 0–3
October 16Army*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 23–10
October 23at Georgia Tech*L 16–28
October 30Memphis State*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 7–14
November 6West Virginia*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 28–32
November 13Rutgers*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 20–29
November 20at LSU*L 7–17
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit]

1976 Tulane Green Wave football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 3 Alton Alexis Fr
T 76 Eric Laakso Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 9 Eddie Murray Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1977[edit]

1977 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1977 record3–8
Head coachLarry Smith
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 74,452)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 10at Memphis*L 9–27
September 17Stanford*L 17–21
September 24at SMU*L 23–28
October 1Vanderbilt*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 36–7
October 8at Boston College*L 28–30
October 15Cincinnati*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 16–13
October 22Georgia Tech*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 14–38
October 29at No. 13 Pittsburgh*L 0–48
November 5at Miami*W 13–10
November 12at Rutgers*L 8–47
November 19LSU*
L 17–20
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit]

1977 Tulane Green Wave football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 3 Alton Alexis So
T 76 Eric Laakso Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 9 Eddie Murray So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1978[edit]

1978 Tulane Green Wave football
ConferenceIndependent
1978 record4–7
Head coachLarry Smith
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 74,452)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 9at Maryland*L 7–31
September 16No. 14 Pittsburgh*L 6–24
September 23at Georgia Tech*L 17–27
September 30at No. 20 Stanford*L 14–17
October 7at Vanderbilt*W 38–3
October 14Boston College*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 9–3
October 21TCU*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
L 7–13
October 28Memphis*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 41–24
November 4Miami*
  • Louisiana Superdome
  • New Orleans
W 20–16
November 11at Ole Miss*L 3–13
November 28at LSU*L 21–40
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

1979[edit]

1979 Tulane Green Wave football
Liberty Bowl vs. Penn State, Lost 6–9
ConferenceIndependent
1979 record9–3
Head coachLarry Smith
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 71,330)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →

The 1979 Tulane Green Wave football team was led by Larry Smith. The team finished with a 9–3 record and played in the 1979 Liberty Bowl, losing 6–9 to Penn State. In the 77th edition of the Battle for the Flag, Tulane beat LSU 24–13.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Whirty (2012-06-26). "The History of Tulane Stadium(s)". Gambit Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-22.