1980 Tulane Green Wave football
Hall of Fame Classic vs. Arkansas, Lost 15–34
1980 record7–5
Head coachVince Gibson
Home stadiumLouisiana Superdome
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The 1980 Tulane Green Wave football team represented Tulane University in the 1980 college football season. The team was led by first-year coach Vince Gibson. The Green Wave played home games in the Louisiana Superdome and finished with a 7–5 record, losing to Arkansas 15–34 in the Hall of Fame Classic. In the 78th edition of the Battle for the Flag, Tulane lost 7–24 to LSU. Throughout the season the offense scored 279 points, while the defense allowed 243 points. Two members of the Green Wave team were drafted into the NFL.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 6* Southern Miss Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA L 14–17  
September 13* at #13 Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 14–19  
September 20* Rice Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 35–14  
September 27* at Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS W 26–24  
October 4* SMU Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA L 21–31  
October 11* at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 43–21  
October 18* Air Force Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 28–7  
October 25* at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 31–14  
November 1* Kentucky Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 24–22  
November 15* Memphis Louisiana Superdome • New Orleans, LA W 21–16  
November 22* at LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–24  
December 27* vs. Arkansas Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Hall of Fame Classic) L 15–34  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

Team Players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Team
Marty WetzelLinebacker10 251 New York Jets
Nickie HallQuarterback10 255 Green Bay Packers


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