The 38-year-old Kingsbury, a former star quarterback for the Red Raiders, still has three years left on his contract. Tonight was a clear hit.
Looking to build off a big win on the road against West Virginia, Texas welcomed Texas Tech to Austin. "We were in every game". If he'd been forced out after this season, Tech would have owed him $6.8 million.
Tech trailed 23-13 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when Shimonek, who despite being eighth in FBS in passing yardage spent the first three quarters on the bench, engineered a six-play, 75-yard touchdown march, with the score coming on a 13-yard pass to T.J. Vasher that brought the Red Raiders within 23-20.
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. Texas secured a bowl berth for the first time since 2014 by winning at West Virginia on November 18.
"It shows a little bit of character out there", Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said.
The Red Raiders could potentially play in several bowls with Big 12 ties, including the Autozone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 30 in Memphis, Tenn.), the Cactus Bowl (Dec. 26 in Phoenix, Ariz.) and the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26 in Dallas). We were more competitive this season than we've been. "I'm just trying to get over that hump".
Ehlinger, who finished the day completing 27-of-47 passes for 239 yards, opened the drive with a pair of completions to senior wide receiver Lorenzo Joe and Humphrey for seven yards, then picked up the first down with a 5-yard run over the right end. 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 23 points were the fewest Tech had allowed in a Big 12 game since the Raider beat TCU in 2013, which was Kingsbury's first conference win.
The Longhorns extended their lead to 23-13 with a Rowland 40 yard field goal at the beginning of the 4th quarter. After the two teams traded field goals, Kris Boyd intercepted McLane to give Texas good field possession. But the Red Raiders intercepted a pass at the Texas Tech 31 and returned it 55 yards to the UT 14.