Sport: Football (1969-71)
Considered one of the best Wishbone quarterbacks in the history of the formation, he led the 1970 Longhorns to an unbeaten regular season and a UPI National Championship. After serving as a back-up to James Street during the 1969 season, Phillips helped stretch the Longhorns' record-setting winning streak to 30 games before a loss to Notre Dame in the 1971 Cotton Bowl ended the run. But it was in that game, even in a losing cause, that Phillips recorded one of the greatest individual performances in Longhorn history. Rushing for 164 yards and throwing for 199 more, Phillips posted a total offense mark of 363 yards. His 164 rushing yards stand as the third best for a quarterback in NCAA bowl game history. Averaging 4.8 yards per carry, Phillips recorded 1,211 yards rushing in his three year career from 1969 through 1971, good for 30th on the all-time Texas total list. He led the 1970 National Champions in total offense with 695 yards passing and 666 rushing (over what was then a 10-game regular season). He was chosen captain of the 1971 team, but was hampered by injuries much of the season. Phillips authored one of the most famous plays in school history, when, with only 12 seconds remaining, he connected on a 45-yard scoring pass with end Cotton Speyrer for a come-from-behind victory over UCLA that preserved the 30-game win streak.