The 1968 season was a magical season for Mustang football. The offense was one of the most feared in the nation. Quarterback Chuck Hixson and All-American receiver Jerry LeVias were capable of putting up huge numbers on a weekly basis. On October 5, 1968 versus North Carolina State, Hixson helped LeVias become the single-game record holder for receiving yards in school history for one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Mustangs struck first when Mike Richardson scored on a one-yard plunge to set off an 18-point second period scoring spree. Midway through the quarter, Hixson hit LeVias for a 65 yard scoring strike, the longest play of the season. On SMU's next possession, Hixson scored on a quarterback sneak to give SMU an 18-7 halftime lead.
As the second half got underway, it appeared that the Wolfpack had figured out how to stop the Mustang offense, holding SMU to only a Bicky Lesser field goal for nearly the entire quarter. However, with 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Hixson found LeVias for a 31 yard touchdown to extend the lead. About four minutes later, Hixson hit LeVias once more, this time for a 24 yard touchdown. NC State added a late touchdown to make the final score Mustangs 35, Wolfpack 14.
Hixson finished the day going 20 of 34 for 323 yards and three touchdowns. LeVias was on the receiving end of all three scores as well as making eight catches for 213 yards. His 213 yards set an SMU record that still stands. The closest a player has come to LeVias' mark was when Louis Scott racked up 175 yards versus Texas in 1970.
The 1968 season was LeVias' finest on the Hilltop. He finished the season holding the SMU record for single-season yards by a receiver with 1,131. He caught eight touchdown passes on his way to earning All-Southwest Conference and All-America honors. He also finished fifth in Heisman Trophy balloting.
On top of being a consensus All-America in 1968, he won the Ft. Worth Kiwanis Club Award for Sportsmanship; was Most Valuable Back and Player in the Senior Bowl, January 11, 1969, at Mobile, Alabama; and was the Most Valuable Lineman in the American Bowl, Tampa. He was equally talented in the classroom as he was a 1968 Academic All-America.
His record setting performance against North Carolina State was just one part of a terrific career for the Mustangs. It is left up to future Mustangs to try and duplicate his success on and off the football field. His 213 yards remains a school record and is a mark all Mustang receivers are shooting for. His record setting day in 1968 takes its place on our countdown as one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.