Iron Bowl on par with '86 Masters for Lundquist


Already one of the most distinguished voices in sports broadcasting, Verne Lundquist added to his list of memorable calls this weekend when he was in the booth for Auburn's improbable 34-28 victory against Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

According to Lundquist, it ranks at the top of his personal list of sporting events, tied with one of the most iconic golf tournaments ever played - the 1986 Masters.

Now 73, Lundquist was on the grounds at Augusta National for Jack Nicklaus' dramatic charge to his record sixth green jacket, uttering the famous phrase, "Yes, sir!" after Nicklaus holed his birdie putt on the 17th green during the final round. The cross-sport personality for CBS told Newsday that, after 27 years at the top of his list, Nicklaus' back-nine rally has now been equaled by Auburn's win Saturday, which came when a missed field goal was returned the length of the field for the winning touchdown on the final play of the game.

"The more I thought about it, from start to finish, this one was really something else," Lundquist said of the game that knocked Alabama from the top of the rankings in college football.

Other memorable events for which Lundquist has been behind the microphone include the 1992 NCAA Tournament basketball game between Duke and Kentucky that ended on Christian Laettner's last-second shot, and the 2005 Masters, when he narrated Tiger Woods' unlikely chip-in from behind the 16th green that helped him claim his fourth career Masters title.