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UT Longhorns 1977 Season Highlights

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Aerial footage of the University of Texas at Austin campus, including Texas Memorial Stadium (now known as Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium) before the Longhorns’ game against Texas Tech University on October 29 
  •  Head Coach Fred Akers leads the team onto the field 
  •  Senior running back Earl Campbell (no. 77) represents the team during the coin toss. Campbell led the nation in rushing that season with 1,744 yards.  
  •  Highlights from the game. The Longhorns shutout the Red Raiders 26-0. 
  •  Fans on the field 
  •  At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas for the Red River Showdown against Oklahoma on October 8. Texas won 13-6. 
  •  Longhorn Band 
  •  Game against the Houston Cougars in Houston on November 5. Texas won 35-21.  
  •  Fans rush the field after the 57-28 win over Texas A&M in College Station on Novebmer 26. Campbell rushed for a career-high 222 yards in the game.  
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This silent footage highlights moments from the University of Texas Longhorns’ 1977 football season, including the team’s games against Texas Tech University, Oklahoma University, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. Finishing the regular season undefeated, the Longhorns won the Southwest Conference Championship and played the University of Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl Classic for the National Championship title. Texas ultimately lost 10-38. Nevertheless, senior running back Earl Campbell won the Heisman Memorial Trophy and the first Davey O’Brien Memorial Trophy.
Earl Campbell is a Heisman Trophy-winning, five time Pro-Bowl, and three time NFL Most Valuable Player-winning football player from Tyler, Texas. Campbell is arguably the most important athlete in Texas history. He was drafted first overall to the Houston Oilers after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communication. He also played for the New Orleans Saints. Campbell retired in 1986 after wrecking his body from years of playing football.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 27, 1991.
Campbell now spends his time as a businessman, actively involved in Earl Campbell Meat Products, Inc., which specialized in smoked sausages, hot links, and barbecue sauce. He also remains active in the University of Texas athletics programs.
Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation.  At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades. During the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
A particularly notable moment in his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.