This column originally appeared in the Dec. 5, 2016 edition of Sports Illustrated. People often ask me about my calls of Jack Nicklaus's win at the 1986 Masters, Christian Laettner's miraculous shot against Kentucky in the '92 NCAA tournament, Tiger Woods's chip at the 16th hole at the 2005 Masters and Chris Davis's game-winning, 109-yard return of a missed Alabama field goal that gave Auburn the win in the '13 Iron Bowl. Younger folks probably don't know that I called figure skating with Scott Hamilton at three Olympics, including the 1994 Lillehammer Games that featured the highly publicized showdown between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, still the highest-rated non--Super Bowl sports telecast.
Clemson defeated Virginia Tech to claim the ACC title and a likely spot in the College Football Playoff. Clemson’s spot in the College Football Playoff was likely cemented Saturday night with a 42-35 win against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game. It was Clemson’s second straight title.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. San Diego State checked off both boxes on Saturday night. The Aztecs captured their second straight Mountain West championship and avenged an earlier loss with a 27-24 win over Wyoming in freezing conditions up in Laramie. The San Diego State ground game was clicking all night long in a game where it was difficult to get much of anything through the air. Star tailback Donnel Pumphrey finished with 110 yards and a touchdown, passing former Texas great Ricky Williams to become the second leading rusher in FBS history late in the third quarter. The senior trails only Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne by 108 yards on the all-time list with a chance to top his mark