Keith Jackson

Submitted by WolverineHistorian on June 20th, 2011 at 11:14 PM

The discussion of America's best college football announcer and the Keith Jackson talk in Brian's latest blog got me to start doing some research.  I'm trying to compile a list of every Michigan football game Keith Jackson ever broadcast.  Now, I obviously have a ton of old games but he started broadcasting long before I was born so I'm going to need some help on games from the mid-80's and before.  I'll need help with the losses too since I tend to block those out to the best of my ability. 

The following are UM games I know for certain that Keith did:

*2004 USC (Rose Bowl)

*2003 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*2003 Oregon (Eugene)

*2001 Washington (Seattle)

*1998 Ohio State (Columbus)

*1998 Penn State (Ann Arbor)

*1998 Washington State (Rose Bowl)

*1997 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*1997 Wisconsin (Madison)

*1997 Penn State (Happy Valley)

*1997 Notre Dame (Ann Arbor)

*1997 Colorado (Ann Arbor)

*1996 Ohio State (Columbus)

*1996 Penn State (Ann Arbor)

*1996 Colorado (Boulder)

*1996 UCLA (Ann Arbor)

*1996 Illinois (Ann Arbor)

*1995 Penn State (Happy Valley)

*1994 Illinois (Champaign)

*1994 Penn State (Ann Arbor)

*1994 Colorado (Ann Arbor) Oy.

*1993 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*1993 Penn State (Happy Valley)

*1992 Washington (Rose Bowl)

*1991 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*1991 Florida State (Ann Arbor)

*1990 Michigan State (Ann Arbor)

*1990 Iowa (Ann Arbor)

*1990 Indiana (Bloomington)

*1990 USC (Rose Bowl)

*1989 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*1989 Illinois (Champaign)

*1989 Iowa (Iowa City)

*1989 Michigan State (East Lansing)

*1989 UCLA (Pasadena)

*1989 Notre Dame (Ann Arbor)

*1989 USC (Rose Bowl)

*1988 Indiana (Ann Arbor)

*1986 Notre Dame (South Bend)

*1985 South Carolina (Columbia)

*1984 Auburn (Sugar Bowl)

*1983 Iowa (Ann Arbor)

*1982 Illinois (Champaign)

*1981 Notre Dame (Ann Arbor)

*1979 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*1979 Michigan State (East Lansing)

*1977 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)

*1976 Minnesota (Ann Arbor)

*1974 Ohio State (Columbus)

Can the folks with freakishly great memories help add to this? 



June 21st, 2011 at 12:15 AM ^

Yeah.  That was stupid to forget that game.  Jackson did every Michigan/Penn State game from 1993 to his retirement. 

I don't know how far back Musberger goes.  Of my videos, the earliest UM game he did was the 1985 opener against Notre Dame.  I believe we are 5-1 when Musberger broadcasts a UM/ND game. 


June 21st, 2011 at 12:42 AM ^

Gus Johnson aside, I can't think of any announcer I'd rather have announcing a Michigan game. Keith and Bo were Michigan fans' other grandfathers. Thanks WolverineHistorian.



June 21st, 2011 at 1:31 AM ^

This is a loss I'd like to block out... except Keith Jackson uttered my favorite thing I ever heard him say: "And the big bowl is hummin', cuz the home team is winnin'." Also: RIP Vada Murray.


June 21st, 2011 at 2:56 AM ^

I sure would love to see Keith come out of retirement and call just one more game from the Big House.  The only way it could be better that having KJ come back would be if the man upstairs let us have Bob Ufer back for one more game.


June 21st, 2011 at 1:56 PM ^

I remember watching that game as well. I believe the SI article headline, the following week, was "It was pure Aggie-ny" or something like that. It's amazing how names stick with you; Hicks, Jolly, Tedesco & Marsh. Awesome, thanks WH.


June 21st, 2011 at 10:18 AM ^

KJ also did the 1992 Ohio State game and the 1993 Notre Shame game. 


He did not do the 1995 Penn State game (Musburger) or the 1991 Illinois game (ABC's "C" crew did that one). 


June 21st, 2011 at 11:52 AM ^

Gator Bowl, which Michigan lost 15-17 to North Carolina.

That 1979 team really underperformed given all the talent and experience they had, plus playing Notre Dame and OSU at home.


June 21st, 2011 at 12:45 PM ^

79 had the dreadful kicking game. 

We doubled ND in offensive yards but lost because of a blocked field goal in the final seconds.  An Irish defender blocked the kick by standing on the back of a teammate.  A stupid rule that got changed within 2 years. 

A blocked punt for a TD gave OSU the 3 point win over us.  We ruin another perfect season for the bucks if not for that play. 

Bo complained about the kicking game on that squad for the rest of his days.  I wonder what he would have said if he seen the 2010 kicking game.


June 21st, 2011 at 11:57 AM ^

1983 and 1986 with Brett Musberger and Ara P. calling a lot of UM games, while Keith and Frank covered a lot of the SEC, PAC10 and Big 8 games.

The southern twang of Jackson is because he's from Missouri, but he's lived in California a long time. There certainly was a lot of coast-to-coast plane travel for that Jackson, yet he seemed to genuine enjoy where ever it was he worked and called games (warm September games in Dallas, Norman and Athens or cold November afternoons in Columbus and Ann Arbor).

He's missed.



June 21st, 2011 at 1:05 PM ^

I know he didn't actually call the game so you don't have to add it to the list, but he did the Intro Video to last year's Rededication Game vs UConn


June 21st, 2011 at 2:19 PM ^

More of a great voice/persona than a great commentator in my opinion. I don't really care if this is popular or not but ... he wasn't that sharp. He made a lot of egregious errors, even before he got old.

Look at the Gator Bowl clip that did Woody Hayes in, for example. It is plain as day that Hayes punched that Clemson player and during the ensuing melee, Keith said "I don't know what started this." There are a lot of other facepalm calls as well, especially after the mid-1990s. "INTERCEPTION, WOODSON!" at the end of the '98 Rose Bowl, when Woodson was laying on the ground after being blatantly shoved by the receiver who made the catch several yards in front of him.




June 21st, 2011 at 2:33 PM ^

In the case of Woody, he may have just been trying to be polite and not assign blame.  But yeah, in the later years he was making a lot of bad mistakes.  He hung on a bit too long.  Still, he was always enjoyable to listen to.