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Year-By-Year Summaries (1930s)

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM While the 1931 team (pictured) was arguably the best in school history, it was not the first Green Wave squad to earn a bid to the Rose Bowl. The 1925 Greenies also were selected but turned down the offer due to the amount of time the student-athletes would be away from their studies.
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While the 1931 team (pictured) was arguably the best in school history, it was not the first Green Wave squad to earn a bid to the Rose Bowl. The 1925 Greenies also were selected but turned down the offer due to the amount of time the student-athletes would be away from their studies.
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1930 (8-1)
Head Coach: Bernie Bierman

When the 1930 team lost the second game of the season to Northwestern on a chilly October afternoon in Chicago, it snapped a school-record 10-game winning streak. When the team roared back to beat Texas A&M the next weekend, a new streak was started and it stretched to the current school record of 18 wins in a row.

In fashioning an 8-1 record, Tulane outscored the opposition 263-30 in 1930, shutting out six of its nine opponents behind the end play of All-American Jerry Dalrymple. Sophomore Don Zimmerman replaced Bill Banker as Tulane's top offensive threat and would go on to All-America recognition himself.

Date  Opponent                Location                Score  Result
S27   UL-Lafayette            New Orleans, La.        84-0     W
O4    at Northwestern         Evanston, Ill.          0-14     L
O11   at Texas A&M            College Station, Texas  19-9     W
O18   Birmingham Southern     New Orleans, La.        21-0     W
O25   at Georgia Tech         Atlanta, Ga.            28-0     W
N1    Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.        53-0     W
N8    Auburn                  New Orleans, La.        21-0     W
N15   Georgia                 New Orleans, La.        25-0     W
N27   LSU                     New Orleans, La.        12-7     W

1931 (11-1)
Head Coach: Bernie Bierman

Arguably the best team in Tulane history, the 1931 team shut out eight of its regular season opponents, set a school record for wins, finished the regular season unbeaten at 11-0 and earned a Rose Bowl bid. Outscoring the opposition by an awesome 338-35, the team allowed only one regular season opponent within 14 points. Future Tulane Hall of Famers Lefty Haynes, John Scafide, Jerry Dalrymple, Red Dawson, Wop Glover, Don Zimmerman and Nollie Felts all started on offense in the Rose Bowl.

The unquestioned leader of this great team was Dalrymple, Tulane's first consensus All-American. Dalrymple's aggressive end play helped Tulane shut out eight of its first nine opponents in 1931, and 13 of 15 over a stretch dating back to the middle of the 1930 season. Offensively, Zimmerman's rushing and passing established an individual total offense record (1,459 yards) that endured 48 years.

The Rose Bowl encounter saw USC grab a 21-0 third quarter lead, only to have Tulane roar back on a Zimmerman-to-Haynes TD pass and a TD run by Glover that closed it to 21-12 before the Green Wave rally fell short.

Date  Opponent                Location                Score  Result
S26   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.        31-0     W
O3    Texas A&M               New Orleans, La.        7-0      W
O10   Spring Hill             New Orleans, La.        40-0     W
O17   at Vanderbilt           Nashville, Tenn.        19-0     W
O24   Georgia Tech            New Orleans, La.        33-0     W
O31   Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.        59-7     W
N7    at Auburn               Montgomery, Ala.        27-0     W
N14   at Georgia              Athens, Ga.             20-0     W
N21   Sewanee                 New Orleans, La.        40-0     W
N28   LSU                     New Orleans, La.        34-7     W
D5    Washington State        New Orleans, La.        28-14    W
      ROSE BOWL
J1    Southern California     Pasadena, Calif.        12-21    L      Att: 75,562

1932 (6-2-1)
Head Coach: Ted Cox

Ted Cox, an assistant to Bernie Bierman since 1927, took over the head coaching reins and the winning tradition continued. All-American Don Zimmerman was a leader on both sides of the ball as he ended his career as Tulane's all-time leader in total offense and passes intercepted, setting records that lasted until the 1970s.

The Green Wave beat some big-time football teams in spite of being hard hit by graduation, but finishing 6-2-1 was considered a definite "rebuilding" effort for the Tulane program of that day. The Green Wave lost to LSU for the first time since 1926.

Date  Opponent                Location                Score  Result
O1    Texas A&M               New Orleans, La.        26-14    W
O8    Georgia                 New Orleans, La.        34-25    W
O15   Vanderbilt              New Orleans, La.        6-6      T
O22   Auburn                  New Orleans, La.        7-19     L
O29   South Carolina          New Orleans, La.        6-0      W
N5    at Georgia Tech         Atlanta, Ga.            20-14    W
N12   at Kentucky             Lexington, Ky.          6-3      W
N19   Sewanee                 New Orleans, La.        26-9     W
N26   at LSU                  Baton Rouge, La.        0-14     L

1933 (6-3-1, 4-2-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Ted Cox

As Tulane began its charter membership in the Southeastern Conference, Coach Ted Cox rallied his team to a 6-3-1 finish. The 1933 team lost its first two games, the first time Tulane was beaten in consecutive games since 1928, but the team lost only once more the rest of the year.

On Oct. 21, Howard "Bucky" Bryan returned a kickoff 100 yards on a muddy field to beat Georgia Tech 7-0.

Date  Opponent                Location                Score  Result
S29   Texas A&M               New Orleans, La.        6-13     L
O7    at Georgia*             Athens, Ga.             13-26    L
O14   Maryland                New Orleans, La.        20-0     W
O21   at Georgia Tech*        Atlanta, Ga.            7-0      W
O28   Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.        7-13     L
N4    at Colgate              Hamilton, N.Y.          7-0      W
N11   Mississippi State*      New Orleans, La.        33-0     W
N18   Kentucky*               New Orleans, La.        34-0     W
N25   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.        26-9     W
D2    LSU*                    New Orleans, La.        7-7      T

1934 (10-1, 8-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Ted Cox

The legendary Claude Simons led the 1934 Greenies to a 10-1 season, an SEC Championship and a victory in the inaugural Sugar Bowl.


All-American Claude "Little Monk" Simons, son of legendary Green Wave trainer Claude "Big Monk" Simons, did everything but cut the grass as he led the way to a 10-1 record that included a 20-14 win over Temple in the first Sugar Bowl game. Simons led the team in rushing, passing and scoring, played great defense, punted well and returned kicks for TDs.

Coach Ted Cox's finest Tulane team's only loss was to Colgate before 50,000 fans in Yankee Stadium. Tulane and Alabama tied for the SEC Championship that fall with 7-0 conference records.

Simons took a lateral from Bucky Bryan on a punt and returned it 45 yards for a fourth quarter TD to beat LSU, 13-12, to earn the bowl bid.

In the Sugar Bowl game, Simons took a lateral from John McDaniel on a kickoff and brought it 85 yards for Tulane's first score to cut the Temple lead to 14-7. End Red Hardy caught second half TD passes from Bryan and Barney Mintz to give the Green Wave a 20-14 win and its first bowl victory.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

Date  Opponent                Location                Score  Result
S29   Chattanooga             New Orleans, La.        41-0     W
O6    Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.        13-0     W
O13   at Florida*             Gainesville, Fla.       28-12    W
O20   Georgia*                New Orleans, La.        7-6      W
O27   Georgia Tech*           New Orleans, La.        20-12    W
N3    Ole Miss*               New Orleans, La.        15-0     W
N10   at Colgate              Hamilton, N.Y.          6-20     L
N17   at Kentucky*            Lexington, Ky.          20-7     W
N24   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.        32-0     W
D1    at LSU*                 Baton Rouge, La.        13-12    W
      SUGAR BOWL • Att. 22,026
J1    Temple                  New Orleans, La.        20-14    W

1935 (6-4, 3-3 SEC)
Head Coach: Ted Cox

The Green Wave posted its eighth consecutive winning season, but a 6-4 record was not enough to save Coach Ted Cox's job. Tulane got revenge on the Colgate team that dealt the Wave its only loss of 1934 when Barney Mintz's 90-yard interception return sparked a 14-6 win.

A 41-0 loss to LSU in the season finale was the final straw, however, and Cox became the only Tulane coach with a winning record ever to be fired. He stands as the only Tulane football coach of more than two seasons who never failed to field a winning team. Cox was replaced as head coach by Lowell "Red" Dawson, quarterback of the 1931 Rose Bowl team.

Date  Opponent                Location                Score  Result
S28   VMI                     New Orleans, La.        44-0     W
05    Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.        0-10     L
012   Florida*                New Orleans, La.        19-7     W
019   at Minnesota            Minneapolis, Minn.      0-20     L
026   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.        33-0     W
N2    Colgate                 New Orleans, La.        14-6     W
N9    Georgia*                New Orleans, La.        13-26    L
N16   Kentucky*               New Orleans, La.        20-13    W
N23   Northwestern State      New Orleans, La.        13-0     W
N30   LSU*                    New Orleans, La.        0-41     L

1936 (6-3-1, 2-3-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Red Dawson

Red Dawson's first Tulane team finished 6-3-1 and started the tradition of strong defense that was the hallmark of his tenure. Six of the 1936 opponents were held to less than 10 points, including Auburn, who Tulane tied 0-0. A four-game winning streak at mid-year was the season highlight, but the team took another thumping (33-0) from LSU at the end.

Dawson went national in his recruiting and began to bring in players that would lead Tulane football back to national prominence.

                                                  Ranking
Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result
S26   Ole Miss*               New Orleans, La.             7-6      W
O3    Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.             0-0      T
O10   Centenary               New Orleans, La.             19-0     W
O17   at Colgate              Hamilton, N.Y.               28-6     W
O24   North Carolina          New Orleans, La.     18/NR   21-7     W
O31   Louisiana Tech          New Orleans, La.      9/NR   22-13    W
N7    at Alabama*             Birmingham, Ala.     10/14   7-34     L
N14   Georgia*                New Orleans, La.             6-12     L
N21   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.             53-6     W
N28   at LSU*                 Baton Rouge, La.     19/2    0-33     L

1937 (5-4-1, 2-3-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Red Dawson

The 1937 Tulane team finished 5-4-1, the program's 10th consecutive winning season. Eight of the 10 opponents scored less than 10 points and the team featured the running attack expected of a Red Dawson-coached squad. The highlight of the season was an 84-0 thrashing of Mississippi College, which saw Tulane rush for a school-record 638 yards, while the opposition gained only seven.

                                                  Ranking
Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result
S25   Clemson                 New Orleans, La.             7-0      W
O2    Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.             0-0      T
O9    Mississippi College     New Orleans, La.             84-0     W
O16   at Colgate              Hamilton, N.Y.               7-6      W
O23   at North Carolina       Chapel Hill, N.C.            0-13     L
O30   Ole Miss*               New Orleans, La.             14-7     W
N6    Alabama*                New Orleans, La.     19/2    6-9      L
N13   at Georgia*             Athens, Ga.                  6-7      L
N20   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.             13-7     W
N27   LSU*                    New Orleans, La.     NR/8    7-20     L

1938 (7-2-1, 4-1-1 SEC)
Head Coach: Red Dawson

Coach Red Dawson's program began to take hold in 1938 as Tulane won seven of its last eight games to finish 7-2-1. The only losses were by three points each to Clemson and Alabama. All-America end Ralph Wenzel and All-SEC running back Warren Brunner led the charge, but good football players walked the Tulane campus in numbers. Five opponents failed to cross the Tulane goal line that fall.

The Green Wave beat LSU for the first time since 1934, but the game was marred by a massive brawl that spilled over into the cane fields that surrounded Tiger Stadium in those days. The battle would stop momentarily when the band played the national anthem, only to resume when the last note sounded.

FINAL RANKING: 19th AP

                                                  Ranking
Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result
S24   Clemson                 New Orleans, La.             10-13    L
O1    Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.             0-0      T
O8    at North Carolina       Chapel Hill, N.C.            17-14    W
O15   Rice                    New Orleans, La.             26-17    W
O22   Mercer                  New Orleans, La.             51-0     W
O29   Mississippi State*      New Orleans, La.             27-0     W
N5    at Alabama*             Birmingham, Ala.     NR/15   0-3      L
N12   Georgia*                New Orleans, La.             28-6     W
N19   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.             38-0     W
N26   LSU*                    New Orleans, La.             14-0     W

1939 (8-1-1, 5-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Red Dawson

Paul Krueger captained a blue-collar Tulane team which earned a bid to Sugar Bowl following the 1939 season.


The 1939 team was one of Tulane's finest, finishing the regular season unbeaten and dropping a hotly-contested 14-13 decision to Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. Captain Paul Krueger led a blue-collar team through a tough schedule and won with defense and a punishing running game.

Coach Red Dawson assembled this team from 13 states and the Panama Canal Zone. Five of nine regular season opponents were shut out and two others scored only once. At one point, the Dawson juggernaut shut out three consecutive opponents by a combined score of 90-0.

End Ralph Wenzel and tackle Harley McCollum earned All-America recognition and guard Tommy O'Boyle and back Bobby "Jitterbug" Kellogg were named All-SEC.

When the regular season ended 8-0-1, Tulane was matched with unbeaten Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl, and the game was a great one. A&M led 7-0 at the half, but Kellogg returned a punt 75 yards to tie it in the third period. Tough running by Fred Cassibry set up a TD rush by Monette Butler that staked Tulane to a 13-7 lead after the conversion was blocked. The Aggies struck back through the air, scoring the winning TD on a pass and lateral that Tulane hotly-contested was an illegal "pick" play. The TD stood, and one of Tulane's great football teams had suffered its only loss.

FINAL RANKING: 5th AP
Southeastern Conference Champions

                                                  Ranking
Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S30   Clemson                 New Orleans, La.             7-6      W
O7    Auburn*                 New Orleans, La.             12-0     W
O14   Fordham                 New Orleans, La.             7-0      W
O21   North Carolina          New Orleans, La.             14-14    T
O28   Ole Miss*               New Orleans, La.      9/14   18-6     W
N11   Alabama*                New Orleans, La.      7/20   13-0     W
N18   at Columbia             New York, N.Y.        6/NR   25-0     W
N25   Sewanee*                New Orleans, La.      5/NR   52-0     W
D2    LSU*                    New Orleans, La.      5/NR   33-20    W     41,531
      SUGAR BOWL
J1    Texas A&M               New Orleans, La.      5/1    13-14    L     73,000