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1931 Tulane Green Wave football team

The 1931 Tulane Green Wave football team represented the Tulane Green Wave of Tulane University during the 1931 Southern Conference football season. The team posted an undefeated regular season, but lost in the Rose Bowl to national champion USC. It is one of the best teams in school history.[1][2]

1931 Tulane Green Wave football
Tulane Green Wave football team (1931).jpg
SoCon champion
Rose Bowl, L 12–21 vs. USC
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1931 record11–1 (8–0 SoCon)
Head coachBernie Bierman (5th season)
Offensive schemeSingle wing
CaptainJerry Dalrymple
Home stadiumTulane Stadium
(Capacity: 35,000)
Seasons
← 1930
1932 →
1931 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tulane $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
Tennessee 6 0 1     9 0 1
Alabama 7 1 0     9 1 0
Georgia 6 1 0     8 2 0
Maryland 4 1 1     8 1 1
Kentucky 4 2 2     5 2 2
LSU 3 2 0     5 4 0
South Carolina 3 3 1     5 4 1
Duke 3 3 1     5 3 2
Auburn 3 3 0     5 3 0
Sewanee 3 3 0     6 3 1
Vanderbilt 3 4 0     5 4 0
North Carolina 2 3 3     4 3 3
Washington and Lee 2 3 0     4 5 1
Florida 2 4 2     2 6 2
Georgia Tech 2 4 1     2 7 1
VMI 2 4 0     3 6 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 6 0
VPI 1 4 1     3 4 2
Clemson 1 4 0     1 6 2
Ole Miss 1 5 0     2 6 1
Virginia 0 5 1     2 6 1
Mississippi A&M 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Contents

Before the seasonEdit

Jerry Dalrymple was elected captain.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 26Ole MissW 31–0
October 3Texas A&M*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 7–0
October 10at Spring Hill*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 40–0
October 17at VanderbiltW 19–0
October 24Georgia Tech
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 33–0
October 31Mississippi A&M
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 59–7
November 7vs. AuburnW 27–0
November 14at GeorgiaW 20–7
November 21Sewanee
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 40–0
November 28LSU
W 34–7
December 5Washington State*
  • Tulane Stadium
  • New Orleans
W 28–14
January 1, 1932vs. USC*L 12–21
  • *Non-conference game

[3]

Season summaryEdit

Ole MissEdit

Tulane opened the season with a 31–0 victory over Ole Miss. The starting lineup was DeColigny (left end), Cunningham (left tackle), Calhoun (left guard), Lodrigues (center), Scafide (right guard), Upton (right tackle), Dalrymple (right end), Dawson (quarterback), Glover (left halfback), Zimmerman (right halfback), Felts (fullback).[4]

Texas A&MEdit

In the second week of play, Tulane defeated Texas A&M 7–0. The starting lineup was DeColigny (left end), Cunningham (left tackle), Calhoun (left guard), Lodrigues (center), Scafide (right guard), Upton (right tackle), Dalrymple (right end), Dawson (quarterback), Glover (left halfback), Zimmerman (right halfback), Felts (fullback).[5]

Spring HillEdit

The Spring Hill College Badgers lost to Tulane 40–0 .

VanderbiltEdit

Against Vanderbilt, Tulane won 19–0.

Georgia TechEdit

Georgia Tech was beaten 33–0.

Mississippi A&MEdit

Mississippi A&M was beaten 59–7. The starting lineup was Haynes (left end), Bankston (left tackle), Scafide (left guard), Lodrigues (center), Calhoun (right guard), Upton (right tackle), Dalrymple (right end), Richardson (quarterback), Roberts (left halfback), Hodgins (right halfback), Lemmon (fullback).[6]

AuburnEdit

Don Zimmerman eclipsed 100 yards rushing in the 27–0 defeat of Auburn. Felts scored three touchdowns.[7]

GeorgiaEdit

Tulane at Georgia
1 234Total
Tulane 7 670 20
Georgia 0 070 7

Tulane defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 20–7. Tulane scored first on a 33-yard pass from Zimmerman to Vernon Haynes.[8] Nollie Felts plunged in from the 1-yard line for the next touchdown.[8] A pass from Georgia's Homey Key to Buster Mott netted 60 yards and a touchdown.[8] After a botched punt, a double pass play led to Payne sprinting around left end for Tulane's final score.[8]

SewaneeEdit

Tulane shut out the Sewanee Tigers 40–0 .

LSUEdit

Tulane defeated rival LSU 34–7. The starting lineup was Haynes (left end), DeColigny (left tackle), Scafide (left guard), Lodrigues (center), McCormick (right guard), Upton (right tackle), Dalrymple (right end), Dawson (quarterback), Zimmerman (left halfback), Glover (right halfback), Felts (fullback).[9]

Washington StateEdit

Tulane had an intersectional victory to close the regular season, over Washington State 28–14 .

PostseasonEdit

Rose BowlEdit

Southern Cal vs. Tulane
1 234Total
USC 0 7140 21
Tulane 0 066 12

Tulane lost in the Rose Bowl to Southern California by a 21–12 score. The Trojans had six All-Americans in their lineup: tackle Ernie Smith, guards Johnny Baker and Aaron "Rosy" Rosenberg, halfback Erny Pinckert and quarterbacks Orville Mohler and Gaius Shaver.[10]

Down 21 to 0 in the third quarter, Zimmerman led a running attack which ended with a 6-yard pass to Haynes for the score. Tulane's other score was a run by "Wop" Glover set up by 11 and 15 yard passes from Zimmerman to Jerry Dalrymple.[11] Tulane still managed a Rose Bowl record for yardage gained.[12]

Awards and honorsEdit

One article which attempts to retroactively name Heisman Trophy winners before 1936 named Dalrymple as the recipient for 1931.[13] He was the season's only unanimous All-American; and is still the only unanimous All-American in school history.

Felts was elected next year's captain. [14]

PlayersEdit

LineEdit

Light jersey
number
Dark jersey
number
Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
41 73 Thomas Cunningham tackle Pine Bluff, Arkansas 220
33 55 Jerry Dalrymple end Arkadelphia, Arkansas Ouachita Junior College 5'10" 178
35 57 Calvert DeColigny end New Orleans 185
24 40 William Drawe end New Orleans 170
38 70 William Featherngill tackle Independence, Kansas 200
19 62 Vernon Haynes end Arkansas City, Arkansas 170
39 74 Doyless Hill center Sand Springs, Oklahoma 200
30 54 Winnie Lodrigues center Patterson 180
20 46 Doyle Magee end Franklinton 175
34 53 John McCormick guard Monroe 171
23 47 William Penney guard Guatemala City, C. A. 180
36 59 John Read center Picayune, Mississippi 195
42 72 John Scafide guard Bay St. Louis, Mississippi St. Stanislaus College 6'0" 210
43 66 Claggert Upton tackle New Orleans 206
31 64 Sam Zemurray tackle New Orleans 195

BackfieldEdit

Light jersey
number
Dark jersey
number
Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
26 43 Red Dawson quarterback River Falls, Wisconsin 165
37 63 Nollie Felts fullback Hattiesburg, Mississippi Southern Miss 185
10 38 Wop Glover halfback Bay St. Louis, Mississippi St. Stanislaus College 165
12 39 George Haik halfback Bogalusa 165
27 41 James Hodgins halfback Shreveport 165
17 60 Harold Lemmon fullback Patterson 186
29 52 Francis Payne fullback Winterville, Mississippi 175
14 49 Will Pat Richardson quarterback Ponchatoula 165
25 42 Edward Tschirn halfback New Orleans 165
18 44 Don Zimmerman halfback Lake Charles 5'11" 176

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Year-By-Year Summaries (1930s) – TulaneGreenWave.com – Tulane Athletics".
  2. ^ "Rose Bowl-Bound - Louisiana Life - September-October 2011 - New Orleans, LA".
  3. ^ "1931 Tulane Green Wave Schedule and Results - College Football at Sports-Reference.com".
  4. ^ "Tulane University Football Program-The Greenie; Tulane vs. Ole Miss :: Tulane University Football Programs". Archived from the original on 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  5. ^ "Tulane University Football Program-The Greenie; Tulane vs. Texas A.&M. :: Tulane University Football Programs". Archived from the original on 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2017-01-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "The Scourge of Dixie" (PDF). College Football Historical Society. 9 (1). November 1995.
  8. ^ a b c d http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/CFHSN/CFHSNv03/CFHSNv03n3c.pdf
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2017-01-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Rose Bowl Game Timeline Archived 2008-05-20 at the Wayback Machine, Pasadena Tournament of Roses
  11. ^ "The Scourge of Dixie" (PDF).
  12. ^ Dixon, Dave. The Saints, Superdome, and the Scandal. Pelican Publishing. p. 172. ISBN 1455611565.
  13. ^ Mike Beacom. "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934".
  14. ^ "Tulane Conducts Probe of Felts". The Evening Independent. October 4, 1932. p. 6.