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UT Longhorns 1971 Season Highlights

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  In the season opener, the Longhorns defeat the UCLA Bruins on the road 28-10 
  •  Shutout victory against Texas Tech 
  •  35-7 win over the Oregon Ducks 
  •  In the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the Longhorns fall to the Oklahoma Sooners 27-48 
  •  The Arkansas Razorbacks upset the Longhorns 31-7, upsetting Texas’ conference win streak 
  •  Back in Austin, the Longhorns recover from back-to-back losses with a win against the Rice Owls 
  •  Texas returns to the Cotton Bowl, defeating SMU 22-18 
  •  Back-to-back shutout victories against Baylor and TCU 
  •  “Turkey Day in College Station” 
 
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This edited film reviews college football highlights from the University of Texas Longhorns during the 1971 season. After summarizing the highs and lows of the season as a whole, the film recaps all 10 regular season games, including the Red River Showdown against the University of Oklahoma and the Thanksgiving game versus Texas A&M University. Later losing to Penn State University in the Cotton Bowl Classic, the Longhorns finished the season with an 8-3 record. While they were unable to defend their National Championship title, they did win their fourth straight Southwest Conference championship.
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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