Keith Jackson will always be remembered for his final call.
The college football world lost a great one this weekend. Legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson passed away Friday night at the age of 89.
Many across social media recalled their favorite calls by Jackson, whether a minor league baseball game or tense Olympic moment. But one memory will stand out amongst the rest for all time.
Many of us had the luxury of listening, and watching, Jackson’s final call. What was the occasion? Oh, just perhaps the greatest college football game of all time.
The 2006 national championship between USC and Texas played at the Rose Bowl. What better setting is there in college football? We can’t think of one.
Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush faced off against Vince Young and the Longhorns in a game that came down to the final moments.
Let’s set the scene for Jackson’s final call. Down 38-33, Texas drove down the field and faced a 4th-and-5 from the USC 9-yard line. With just 26 seconds remaining on the clock, Vince Young took the snap…
We’ll let Keith Jackson take it from here.
#RIP to the legendary Keith Jackson, the voice of college football in my childhood.
Only fitting his final game was the greatest college football game ever played. “4th & 5” pic.twitter.com/XGnPdvWsoo
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) January 13, 2018
Texas went on to convert the 2-point conversion and extend its lead to 41-38. That’s where the game would finish, as the Longhorns knocked off the No. 1 team in the country on its home turf.
Jackson was one of the best, and he will be missed.