August 5, 2013

Wes Durham: GT Legend

The Voice of The Yellow Jackets, Wes Durham has moved to a new position at Fox Sports 1 and sadly is moving on from Georgia Tech after calling a total of 760 GT basketball and football games over the past 18 years. I cannot imagine listening to a Tech football game on the radio without him and he will truly be missed by the Tech faithful. Yellow Jacket fans were lucky to have such a class-act and truly one of the great radio broadcasters of his time for so long.

It has been reported that Wes will continue calling all Atlanta Falcons games even with his new gig. Durham was the 2006 recipient of the Furman Bisher Award for Sports Media Excellence and an eight-time winner of Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award. We will miss you Wes! Here are a few of my favorite Wes Durham Georgia Tech calls from over the years:

  April 3, 2004
(#3) Georgia Tech 67, (#2) Oklahoma St 65
(Final Four) Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Will Bynum's layup with 1.5 remaining; sends Georgia Tech to the National Championship Game.

  September 11, 2004
Georgia Tech 28, Clemson 24
Death Valley, Clemson, SC
"The Legend is Born" as Calvin Johnson scores on amazing catch in corner end zone with 11 seconds remaining; GT scores three TDs in the last 4.5 min to take the win 28-24.

November 1, 2008
Georgia Tech 31, (#15) Florida St 28
Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
FSU has ball 1st and goal from GT 3 with Tech clinging to a 31-28 lead; Rashaad Reid recovers the fumble in the endzone after Cooper Taylor's helmet-to-football hit with 45 seconds remaining, giving the Yellow Jackets a stunning victory. 

November 29, 2008
(#22) Georgia Tech 45, (#11) Georgia 42
Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Georgia Tech's Roddy Jones rushes for 214 yards and Georgia Tech finally wins one over the Bulldogs with a victory in Athens 45-42.

October 17, 2009
(#19) Georgia Tech 28, (#4) Virginia Tech 23
Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Josh Nesbitt leads a deadly triple option attack and the Jackets upset the #4 Hokies on Thursday night at Bobby Dodd.

December 5, 2009
(#10) Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
(ACC Championship) Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
The Yellow Jackets get a key stop to win rematch with the Tigers and the 2009 ACC Championship; book a ticket to Miami with a BCS Bowl Game Berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl.