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Southwest Conference 1974 Football Highlights

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Sports announcer Connie Alexander began calling Southwest Conference games on the radio in 1962. After Kern Tips’ passing, he effectively became “the voice” of the conference, calling games through the 1970s as well as serving as narrator for highlight reels such as this one.  
  •  Texas Tech stuns Texas 26-3 in Lubbock 
  •  SMU proves itself to be a legitimate title threat after defeating rival TCU 33-13 in Fort Worth 
  •  Texas A&M remains undefeated in conference play after its 20-10 victory over Arkansas in College Station 
  •  Baylor rallies from behind to defeat Texas Tech 17-10 at home 
  •  The same day, SMU and Arkansas face off in one of the wildest games ever seen in the Southwest Conference 
  •  Rice hands TCU its 10th straight loss, winning 26-14 in Houston 
  •  After scoring two touchdowns within the first minute of play, Texas defeats Texas A&M 32-3 in Austin 
  •  Freshman Earl Campbell runs for 129 yards  
  •  Baylor earns its first Southwest Conference Championship in 50 years after defeating Rice 24-3 in Waco 
  •  Baylor quarterback Neal Jeffrey receives the Kern Tips Memorial Award from Senior Vice President of Exxon USA Carl Harrington in Dallas on December 13, 1974 
  •  Outlook for the 1975 season 
  •  Connie Alexander predicts that Campbell “may become one of the best runners in the history of the Southwest Conference” 
  •  Preview of the University of Houston Cougars, who began playing football in the Southwest Conference in 1976 
  •  Tel Ra Productions also produced yearly highlight films for various NFL teams as well as NFL championship games 
 
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Presented by Exxon USA, this production reviews college football highlights from the Southwest Conference during the 1974 season. Narrator Connie Alexander recaps regular season conference games between the Baylor University Bears, Texas Tech University Red Raiders, University of Arkansas Razorbacks, Southern Methodist University Mustangs, Rice University Owls, University of Texas at Austin Longhorns, Texas A&M University Aggies, and Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. The Southwest Conference Championship ultimately went to Baylor, who won the title for the first time in 50 years. (The win also made the Bears the first team in history to lose all its conference games one year and become conference champion the next.) At the conclusion, the film covers the presentation of the Kern Tips Memorial Award to Baylor quarterback Neal Jeffrey. Also included is footage of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell. While only a freshman at the time, the Texas player was already beginning to make a name for himself as a running back.
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. 
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