American Football Database
1970 Liberty Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Colorado 0 3 0 0 3
Tulane University 3 0 7 7 17
Date December 12, 1970
Season 1970
Stadium Memphis Memorial Stadium
Location Memphis, Tennessee
MVP David Abercrombie, Tulane TB
Attendance 44,640
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Liberty Bowl
 < 1969  1971

The 1970 Liberty Bowl, part of the 1970 bowl game season, took place on December 13, 1970, at Memphis Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The competing teams were the Tulane Green Wave, competing as an independent and the Colorado Buffaloes, representing the Big Eight Conference (Big 8). Tulane won the game 17–3.



Entering the 1970 bowl season, Tulane finished the regular season with a record of 7–4. Following a 26–14 defeat to the rival LSU Tigers, the Green Wave accepted a bid to play in the Liberty Bowl.[1] The appearance in the game marked Tulane's first since the 1940 Sugar Bowl and their fourth overall bowl appearance.


Entering the 1970 bowl season, Colorado finished the regular season with a record of 6–4. Following the completion of their regular season, the Buffaloes accepted a bid to play in the Liberty Bowl for the second consecutive year.[2] The appearance in the game marked Colorado's second in the Liberty Bowl and their sixth overall bowl appearance.

Game summary

In an early defensive struggle, Tulane threatened to score first after Rick Kingrea intercepted a Paul Arendt pass an returned it to the Colorado six yard line.[3] Four plays later the Green Wave scored first on a 19-yard Lee Gibson field goal.[3] Colorado evened the score 3–3 in the second quarter on a 32-yard David Haney field goal to cap a 15 play, 63 yard drive.[3] In the second half the Green Wave scored touchdowns on a pair of David Abercrombie runs to win the game 17–3.[3][4] For his 124 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Abercrombie was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[3][4]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP Colorado Tulane
1 Tulane 19-yard field goal by Lee Gibson 0 3
2 7:56 15 plays, 63 yards Colorado 32-yard field goal by David Haney 3 3
3 13:18 5 plays, 30 yards Tulane David Abercrombie 5-yard touchdown run, Lee Gibson kick good 3 10
4 8:05 11 plays, 49 yards Tulane David Abercrombie 4-yard touchdown run, Lee Gibson kick good 3 17
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 3 17