Kliff Kingsbury to return as Texas Tech coach

Longhorns host Texas Tech in regular-season finale

Red Raider fans can now lock in their holiday plans to watch Tech in a bowl to be determined. Tonight was a clear hit.

The Longhorn drive started with a fake reverse, with sophomore wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey passing to freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger along the right sideline for a 27-yard gain to the Texas Tech 48. Kingsbury's future had been in doubt after five seasons, but the rally made the Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) bowl eligible after missing the postseason past year. If he'd been forced out after this season, Tech would have owed him $6.8 million.

Last year, the Red Raiders went 5-7, fueling speculation that Kingsbury was coming into the 2017 campaign on the hot seat.

Niem Stevenson and hometown freshman guard Jarrett Culver both had 18 points as Texas Tech remained undefeated with a 103-69 win over Savannah State on Saturday. The Red Raiders scored just three points in a home loss to TCU last weekend, and Shimonek threw for just 137 yards and an interception. In five years, Kingsbury is 30-32, including two seasons in which he finished with a losing record.

Longhorns host Texas Tech in regular-season finale

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury will be back in Lubbock next season, athletic director Kirby Hocutt told reporters after the Red Raiders' 27-23 win over Texas in Austin on Friday night. The interceptions were game changers.

Texas Tech will be heading to New York City to play Seton Hall on Thursday. Foreman entered on the next play and caught an Ehlinger pass on a slant route, shook off a defender and ran in for the score, his team-leading fourth touchdown reception of the season. Boyd has broken up 14 passes this season, the first Texas player to reach double-digits since 2014 and the most by Longhorn since Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs each registered 15 in 2011. The touchdown pass to Vasher cut the Texas lead to 23-20. The running game continued to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage.

Ehlinger passed for 239 yards and a touchdown but the Texas offense slogged through most of the final three quarters.

And because of Friday, Kingsbury will have at least one more year.




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