Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury's job is safe, AD confirms

Stephen Spillman

Stephen Spillman

Shimonek threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Tech's defense intercepted a pair of passes to propel the Red Raiders to a 27-23 win over the Longhorns. That's the hardest part.

With his offense in a funk and facing another defense geared towards thwarting the pass, Kingsbury called in his starting quarterback Nic Shimonek, the fifth year senior, to tell him he was switching to little-used McLane Carter, the junior college transfer.

And if we could go back to the horns down for a minute, I can't remember a player ever getting a penalty for it before Friday night.

Texas has returned to freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger at quarterback after he came off the bench last week to beat West Virginia. The Longhorns ran for just 18 yards and had deep drives end in field goals of 19 and 20 yards by Josh Rowland instead of touchdowns.

The former Texas Tech gunslinger started 8-5 during his first season of coaching at his alma honor, but has gone 16-21 since that season.

After Texas Tech receiver T.J. Vasher caught a touchdown against the Longhorns, Vasher did the horns down gesture - you know, Hook 'Em Horns, but upside-down - toward the Texas crowd. In five years, Kingsbury is 30-32, including two seasons in which he finished with a losing record.

"It was the toughest conversation I've had in coaching", Kingsbury recalled of his talk with Shimonek.

Don't be surprised if Buechele gets more run during Texas' bowl game. The offense continues to be the problem for the Longhorns, who have struggled to move the ball all season under coordinator Tim Beck.

Texas regained the lead on the next play, as Young burst through the line and bowled over a defender at the 2-yard line before running it into the end zone for a 17-10 Texas lead with 6:41 left to play in the second quarter. "We just have to get over the hump".

The Red Raiders scored two plays later to take the lead for good. "We want to make this legacy, the jumping off point for a new chapter in Texas football, better than average", Herman said.

"We put our defense in some really bad situations", Herman said.

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