1979 Tulane Green Wave football
Liberty Bowl vs. Penn State, Lost 6–9
1979 record9–3
Head coachLarry Smith
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
(Capacity: 71,330)
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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 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 W 24–13  
December 22* at Penn State #15 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) L 6–9  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Team Players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Eddie MurrayKicker7 166 Detroit Lions
Alton AlexisWide Receiver11 281 Cincinnati Bengals

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