100 Years of Champions

This month in Pac-12 Conference history - September

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SAN FRANCISCO -- As it embarks on its 100th year, the Pac-12 Conference has been defined by excellence and championships, and has been home to sports legends and superstars. The year-long celebration will include marking the date of the official formation 100 years ago on December 2, a commemorative logo, and special programming on Pac-12 Networks that includes All-Century teams in each sport. In addition, the Conference will release a series of This Month in Pac-12 History releases throughout 2015-16 academic year to highlight memorable moments that occurred in that month in the 100-year history.


The first football game played by members of the new Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) is played 100 years ago. California defeats the Olympic Club, 23-0, on September 16.

The first football meeting between USC and UCLA was on September 28. The Trojans defeat the Bruins, 76-0.

On September 12, USC defeats Alabama, 42-21. This outcome is credited with pushing universities in the American South to integrate its major college football teams. African-Americans scored all six Trojan touchdowns against the all-white Crimson Tide. Fullback Sam Cunningham was the blunt force of societal change, pounding for 135 yards on 12 carries in his first varsity game, as USC outrushed Alabama 485 yards to 32.

Arizona defeats Oregon State, 21-7, and USC defeats Oregon, 37-10, in the first-ever Pac-10 football games on September 16.

The first-ever Pac-10 women’s player of the week is announced on Monday, September 8 after the Conference expanded to include women’s sports. Arizona volleyball player Kiyomi Morino was selected after recording a career-high 25 kills and 19 digs in UA’s 3-2 win over No. 19 LSU.

Oregon and Arizona clash on the volleyball court on September 11 in the first-ever Pac-10 women’s event in the history. The Ducks defeat the No. 13 Wildcats, 3-1 (16-14, 13-15, 15-10, 15-9), in a very close match in Tucson. UO’s Michelle Kresback is named Pac-10 Player of the Week after that performance.

Washington State upsets No. 6 Stanford, 2-1, in Pullman in the first Conference match of the inaugural season of Pac-10 women’s soccer on September 12.

On September 5, Oregon State’s Robby Christner scores consecutive goals eight seconds apart vs. Howard, setting the NCAA men’s soccer record for fastest consecutive goals by the same player.

The historic first Pac-12 Conference game kicks off Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum where USC hosted league-newcomer Utah on September 10. The Trojans win, 23-14.

On Sept. 19, No. 2 USC upsets defending NCAA Champion and No. 1 UCLA in a tightly-contested three-set match (28-26, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17) at Galen Center in the Pac-12 volleyball opener.

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