In 55 years covering college football, Keith Jackson was on the call for many of the biggest games and moments in the sport’s history. He passed away on Saturday at the age of 89.
Whatever the conference, whatever the team, almost everybody has an iconic Jackson moment somewhere in their program’s history. And the ACC is no different.
Here’s a look at some of the best ACC calls in Jackson’s career.
Ohio State vs. Clemson 1978 Gator Bowl: Woody Hayes’ punch
Jackson was on the call when Ohio State took on Clemson at the 1978 Gator Bowl and legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player after an interception on the sideline. The punch ended Hayes’ career and Jackson’s call was brilliant as usual.
Miami at Florida State 1991: Wide Right I
Jackson called a number of classic matchups in the 80s and 90s between Miami and Florida State, but none as memorable as the first of a series of “Wide Right” misses by Florida State kickers. The legendary broadcaster said it best at the end of the 17-16 Miami win, “That was a game.”
Notre Dame at Alabama 1980: 7-0
Two megapowers in “the kind of a game that makes every football season special.” Notre Dame went on to win 7-0 and preserved their unbeaten record against legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant. Yes, we know Notre Dame isn’t technically in the ACC, but they might as well be.
Florida State at Michigan 1991: “Football heaven”
Before the wide right shattered their national championship hopes, Florida State made a September statement against No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor. And it was Keith Jackson on the call.
Best of Keith Jackson
Of course, Jackson’s greatness couldn’t be contained by any particular league. So here is a collection of the best calls of his entire career, ACC or otherwise.
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