100 Years of Champions

This month in Pac-12 Conference history - December

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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 - DECEMBER:
1915: The University of California, Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), the University of Oregon and the University of Washington gathered at the historic Imperial Hotel in Portland, Ore., to form the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) on December 2.

1966: UCLA’s Lew Alcindor scores a then-Conference record 56 points in a 94-76 win over crosstown rival USC on December 30.

1969-1972: Shoa Agonafer of UCLA (1969-72) is the first men’s soccer player in NCAA history to record 40 goals and 40 assists in a career, collecting 76 goals, 40 assists for 192 points. He is still one of just 24 players in NCAA Division I history to tally 40 goals and 40 assists.

1972: Anthony Davis scored six touchdowns, including two kickoff returns for scores, leading No. 1 USC to a 45-23 victory over Notre Dame on December 2. The Trojans would go on to rout Ohio State, 40-6, in the Rose Bowl to claim the national championship.

1979: Arizona’s Russell Brown dished out 19 assists against Grand Canyon on December 8, setting a singe-game Conference record that still stands today.

1981: December 20 - USC upsets UCLA in Pauley Pavilion 3-2, in the first-ever NCAA Tournament volleyball championship in front of 6,289 fans.

1985: It took eight overtimes for UCLA to defeat American, 1-0, on December 14 in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament championship game in front of a crowd 5,986, the first of four NCAA titles for the Bruins. It took 166 minutes, 5 seconds for the Bruins to claim the crown, the longest game in the history of the championship, which dates back to 1959. UCLA’s Dale Ervine was the tournament’s scoring leader with four goals and eight points.

1990: On December 2, UCLA men’s basketball scored the most points in a single game in Conference history, beating Loyola Marymount, 149-98. That record still stands today.

1993: California’s Jason Kidd recorded the first of a Conference-record four career triple-doubles in an 80-48 thumping of UMBC on December 10, tallying 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

1994: Tyus Edney of UCLA recorded a Conference-record 11 steals on December 22 against George Mason, a standard that still stands today.

1998: Arizona football defeats Nebraska on December 30 in the Holiday Bowl to finish with arguably the program’s best-ever season, going 12-1, and a No. 4 final Associated Press ranking.

2006: UCLA dashes No. 2 USC’s national title hopes after pulling off a 13-9 upset at the Rose Bowl on December 3.  Bruin linebacker Eric McNeal deflected a Trojan pass to himself at the UCLA 20-yard line with 1:10 remaining in the game to preserve the win. It was USC’s only turnover of the game.

2006: Third-seeded Washington wins its first-ever NCAA volleyball title on December 17, upsetting top-seeded Nebraska, 3-1, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The title run capped the Conference’s string of five-consecutive national titles with Stanford winning in 2001 and 2004, and USC winning in 2002 and 2003.

2007: USC wins the Conference’s first-ever women’s soccer NCAA title defeating Florida State, 2-0, on December 9.

2015: Stanford wins its first NCAA Men’s Soccer title and the Conference’s 480th NCAA crown, defeating Clemson, 4-0. It tied the NCAA record for largest margin of victory.


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