1979 Tulane Green Wave football team

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1979 Tulane Green Wave football
Tulane Green Wave Wordmark.png
Liberty Bowl vs. Penn State, Lost 6–9
Conference Independent
1979 record 9–3
Head coach Larry Smith
Home stadium Louisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 71,330)
« 1978 1980 »

The 1979 Tulane Green Wave football team represented Tulane University in the 1979 college football season. The team was led by Larry Smith. The Green Wave played home games in the Louisiana Superdome. The team finished with a record of 9–3 and played in the 1979 Liberty Bowl, losing 6–9 to Penn State. The offense scored 318 points while the defense allowed 179 points. Two members of the Green Wave team were drafted into the National Football League. In the 77th edition of the Battle for the Flag, Tulane beat LSU 24–13.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 8 #13 Stanford* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 33–10  
September 15 at Rice* Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 17–21  
September 22 at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 33–19  
September 29 #19 SMU* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 24–17  
October 6 Vanderbilt* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 42–14  
October 13 at Southern Miss* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS (Battle for the Bell) W 20–19  
October 20 at West Virginia* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV L 17–27  
October 27 Georgia Tech* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 12–7  
November 3 at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 43–8  
November 10 Ole Miss* Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 49–15  
November 24 LSU* #18 Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Battle for the Flag) W 24–13  
December 22 at Penn State* #15 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 6–9  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


Team Players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Eddie Murray Kicker 7 166 Detroit Lions
Alton Alexis Wide Receiver 11 281 Cincinnati Bengals
Marty Wetzel Linebacker 10 251 New York Jets
Rodney Holman Tight End 3 82 Cincinnati Bengals
Marvin Lewis Running Back 6 142 New Orleans Saints
Joe Silipo Center FA 0 Kansas City Chiefs
Nickie Hall Quarterback 10 255 Green Bay Packers
Jeff Roberts Defensive End 7 168 New England Patriots
Chuck Pitcock Center FA 0 New England Patriots
Lionel Washington Cornerback 4 103 St. Louis Cardinals



  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/1980.htm