Longhorns host Texas Tech in regular-season finale

Longhorns host Texas Tech in regular-season finale

Longhorns host Texas Tech in regular-season finale

The 6-0 Red Raiders never trailed after scoring the game's first eight points. Tonight was a clear hit.

Texas Tech opened the second half with the ball and quickly got into Texas territory following an insane catch by T.J Vasher, but the Longhorns defense held and the Red Raiders settled for a 34 yard field goal. 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.

Kingsbury is under contract through 2020 with a $6.8 million buyout if he's forced out after this season.

Texas (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) became bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons with last week's win at West Virginia.

And who could forget then-Arkansas coach (pour one out) Bret Bielema doing it during a pre-Texas Bowl (the "borderline erotic" one) photo opportunity with Longhorns coach Charlie Strong?

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. Kingsbury is 30-32 in his five years in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders enter the contest with a ideal 5-0 record, having started the season with a five-game win streak for the first time since 2009, according to Tech Athletics. Nineteen starters Friday were underclassmen. The touchdown pass to Vasher cut the Texas lead to 23-20.

The winning touchdown came with 1:47 to play.

With just under two minutes to play, nickel back Justus Parker intercepted Sam Ehlinger and returned the pick 55 yards to the UT 14.

Texas Tech will be heading to New York City to play Seton Hall on Thursday. The call was for Shimonek to throw to Coutee over the middle.

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.

"We are dead set in making it our mission in life in making sure these seniors go out with a positive experience and a win in a bowl game, wherever that may be, and give us some momentum in the offseason", Herman said. The interceptions were game changers.

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

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