100 Years of Champions

This month in Pac-12 Conference history - October

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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.

This Month in Pac-12 History - OCTOBER:
1926: Arizona quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon died the morning of October 18 from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, are: "Tell them … tell the team to Bear Down." Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopts "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto.

1929: Arizona Stadium opens on October 12. In the official stadium dedication game, Arizona beats Cal Tech, 35-0.

1968: On October 20, Oregon State alum Dick Fosbury wins a gold medal in the high jump at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City using a backward jumping style now known as the “Fosbury Flop,” forever revolutionizing the high jump technique.

1978: Arizona State upsets No. 2 USC, 20-7, on October 14 in Tempe for the Sun Devils’ first-ever Pac-10 victory. It was the only loss of the season for the Trojans that season who went on to win the national championship.

1996: USC volleyball’s Janice Mounts dishes a NCAA three-set match record 78 assists versus Washington State on October 11.

2000: In the first-ever Pac-10 men’s soccer conference game, Washington defeats Oregon State, 1-0, in Seattle.

2004: The Colorado women’s soccer team tied a school record for highest margin of victory on October 17 beating Texas Tech, 7-0, in Boulder.

2004/2009/2010: Three former Arizona swimmers have won the distinguished NCAA Woman of the Year award, with a fourth being a former Wildcat track & field athlete, the most of any institution. The NCAA Woman of the Year honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. (October: Whitney Myers, swimmer - 2007; Lacey Neymeyer, swimmer - 2009; Justine Schluntz, swimmer - 2010; November 1994: Tanya Jones, T&F)

2010: UCLA’s remarkable home unbeaten streak of 73 women’s soccer games was snapped on October 1. The streak began began five years earlier on September 11, 2005. The Bruins tied their first six home games in the 2005 season, then went on to win the next 67-straight home games.

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