Texas Tech defeats Texas 27-23

Nov 4 2017 Lubbock TX USA Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Raiders are coming of a 27-23 victory on the road against the Texas Longhorns on Friday night to cap off a tumultous regular season that included three blown to Kansas State, West Virginia and Oklahoma State. Tonight was a clear hit. If he'd been forced out after this season, Tech would have owed him $6.8 million. Texas finally beat a ranked opponent last week, pushing the Longhorns to 6-5 on the season.

But a win over Texas and a bowl berth is big in Lubbock.

Typically a scoring machine, the Red Raiders offense collapsed last week in a 27-3 home loss against TCU and one of the Big 12's best defenses. In five years, Kingsbury is 30-32, including two seasons in which he finished with a losing record. By the time Kingsbury changed into a black suit and readied for his post-game press conference, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced the head coach would return for a fifth season. Nineteen starters Friday were underclassmen. That set up Shimonek's touchdown pass to T.J. Vasher, which cut the Longhorn lead to 23-20 with 11 minutes, 29 seconds to go.

Texas made one final push to score, driving to the Texas Tech 42, but a Texas Tech interception at their own 18 with 55 seconds remaining to play ended the threat.

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Texas had the ball in Texas Tech territory late in the 4th quarter with the opportunity to run out the clock, but San Ehlinger threw his first interception of the game interception and it was returned inside the Texas 15. Parker said the Raiders had been playing zone, but changed to man coverage to trick Ehlinger into a bad read. The interceptions were game changers.

The winning touchdown came with 1:47 to play.

Kingsbury sought this week to deflect questions about his future and wanted to keep the focus on senior players who are fighting to end their careers in a bowl game. Strong's first 11 games mirrored Herman at this point, but after promising the program would not have another five-loss season, Strong had two more and was sacked with a 16-21 record overall. The running game continued to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage.

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