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100 Years of Champions

This month in Pac-12 Conference history - November

Nov 18, 2015
Washington State Athletics

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 - NOVEMBER:
1920: First stadium in the Conference opened, Husky Stadium (Seattle) on November 27.

1931: On November 21, USC defeated Notre Dame, 16-14, on a 33-yard field goal with one minute remaining after the Trojans trailed, 14-0. It was USC’s first win in South Bend, snapping a 26-game ND unbeaten streak.

1934: Colorado officially adopts the nickname “Buffaloes” at its annual Homecoming game on November 10 as the “Buffs” beat Utah, 7-6. During the summer of 1934, Colorado’s 45th season of intercollegiate athletic competition, the Silver & Gold, the student newspaper at the time, sponsored a national contest to select a permanent nickname and mascot.

1957: Max Truex of USC sets the NCAA Championships cross country four-mile record with a time of 19:12.3 on November 25. USC fielded a men’s  team from 1969 to 1972 and then again from 1985 to 1993.

1964: A fourth-down touchdown pass from quarterback Craig Fertig to Rod Sherman with 1:35 remaining in the game gave USC a 20-17 eventual win over No. 1 Notre Dame on November 28 in the Coliseum.

1970: Oregon’s Steve Prefontaine sets the NCAA Championships cross country six-mile record on November 23, recording a time of 28:00.2.

1974: “The Comeback” - On November 30, USC overcomes a 24-0 first-half deficit to defeat defending National Champion Notre Dame, 55-24, in the Coliseum.

1976: On November 22, Washington State’s Henry Rono sets the NCAA Championships cross country record at the current 10,000-meters distance with a time of 28:06.6, a record that still stands today.

1986: UCLA defeats USC on November 25 in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament to clinch the Conference’s first-ever women’s national title since it began sponsoring women’s sports.

1987: Arizona defeats No. 1 Syracuse, 80-69, on November 30 to capture the Great Alaska Shootout title. The Wildcats went on to post a 35-3 record and first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance.

1982: “The Play” - On November 20 in the 85th edition of the “Big Game,” the Cal football team wins an improbable last-second victory over Stanford, completing five lateral passes to score a touchdown despite members of the Cardinal marching band out on the field celebrating too early what they thought was a Stanford win. Cal’s Kevin Moen scored the winning touchdown running through the Stanford band to get to the end zone, 25-20.

1997: Led by quarterback Ryan Leaf, Washington State defeated Washington, 41-35, in the Apple Cup to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title and first Rose Bowl appearance in 67 years.

1998: Defending NCAA Men’s Soccer Champion UCLA wins its 30th-consecutive home game on November 1, the second-best streak in NCAA Division I history. The Bruins defeat Indiana, 2-1, in the UCLA Classic.

2000: Washington claims the first-ever Pac-10 men’s soccer title on November 10 defeating California, 4-2.

2014: In a 1-0 win over Pepperdine, UCLA’s Katelyn Rowland (2011-14) records her NCAA-women’s soccer record 55th-career shutout on November 23.