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UT Longhorns 1963 Championship Season

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  In their conference opener, the Longhorns defeat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 49-7 in Austin 
  •  Texas upsets no. 1-ranked Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown in Dallas 
  •  The top-ranked Longhorns come away with a 17-13 win in Arkansas 
  •  Back in Austin, Texas defeats Rice 10-6 
  •  The Longhorns beat SMU 17-12 in Dallas 
  •  Shutout victories against Baylor and TCU in Austin 
  •  After their 15-13 win over Texas A&M in College Station, the undefeated Longhorns become the consensus national champions 
  •  Offensive lineman George Bass 
  •  Defensive lineman Scott Appleton. Appleton was awarded the Outland Trophy the same year. 
  •  Center David McWilliams. McWilliams returned to the team in 1970 as a coach, serving as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator under Darrell K Royal and Fred Akers before taking over as head coach in 1987. 
  •  Offensive lineman Kenneth Halm 
  •  Defensive lineman Bob Casseday 
 
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This silent, edited film reviews college football highlights of the University of Texas Longhorns during their undefeated 1963 championship season. The film recaps all eight regular season games, including the Red River Showdown against the University of Oklahoma and the Thanksgiving game versus Texas A&M University. Later defeating Navy in the Cotton Bowl Classic, the Longhorns finished the season with an 11-0 record, winning not only the Southwest Conference championship but also the team’s first National Championship title.
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.
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