Wolf Pack Athletics: A Visual History - University Libraries



1874 University of Nevada established in Elko

1898 University implements athletics program and teams are known as the Sagebrushers

1899 Nevada women’s basketball team, the Sagehens, defeat Stanford and record Nevada’s first intercollegiate victory

1922 Nevada student body chooses the Wolf Pack as the University’s mascot

1925 Nevada joins the Far Western Conference

1926 Nevada football team becomes first college football team to fly to an away game

1940 Nevada leaves the Far Western Conference

1943 Nevada teams are temporarily known as the Flying Wolf Pack

1948 Nevada football team defeats North Texas State College 13 to 6 in the Salad Bowl, the University’s first bowl game

1953 Nevada joins the Far Western Conference

1969 Nevada leaves the Far Western Conference and joins the West Coast Conference; the football team remains independent

1969 In the first Battle for Nevada, the Wolf Pack football team defeats UNLV 30 to 28

1979 Nevada switches conferences with Gonzaga and joins the Big Sky Conference (for all sports)

1982 Wolfie, characterized by his pointy ears and UNR top hat, becomes the official Nevada mascot

1985 Nevada men’s basketball team wins the Big Sky Conference regular season conference title and the conference tournament en route to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance

1990 Nevada football team defeats Boise State 59 to 52 in triple overtime in the semifinals of the NCAA Division 1AA Playoffs to advance to Nevada’s first national title game appearance

1992 Nevada leaves the Big Sky Conference and joins the Big West Conference (for all sports)

1997 Nevada swim team wins third consecutive Big West Conference title and the team wins the 1998 and 1999 championships

2000 Nevada leaves the Big West Conference and joins the Western Athletic Conference, becoming a Division 1 athletics program (for all sports)

2003 Alphie, a more friendly looking wolf, takes over as official Mascot, and Wolfie Jr. is added to the Pack as a mascot in 2007; Wolfie Jr. wins the national title in the 2011 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

2004 Nevada men’s basketball team defeats 2nd seeded Gonzaga in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament to advance to Nevada’s first Sweet 16 appearance

2010 Nevada football team defeats #3 ranked Boise State 34 to 31 at Mackay Stadium to spoil the Broncos’ undefeated season and goes on to defeat Boston College in the Fight Hunger Bowl, finishing the season as the 11th best team in the country

2012 Nevada leaves the Western Athletic Conference and joins the Mountain West Conference

2016 Nevada men’s basketball team defeats Morehead State in a three game series to win the College Basketball Invitational Tournament and claim the basketball program's first postseason title

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