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

Erica Roy
November 26, 2017

That's already a one-game improvement over a year ago, when Hocutt told Kingsbury that he needed to win more games and improve his defense or risk losing his job.

Texas (6-6, 5-4) had already clinched its first bowl berth since 2014 under first-year coach Tom Herman but must win its postseason game to avoid a fourth consecutive losing season.

The question is whether a loss ends the Kingsbury coaching era in Lubbock. With a six-win season in 2017, they'll appear in a bowl game, and have a chance to finish the year with a winning record.

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.

"I love Texas Tech", said Kingsbury. "Always have".

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

For the 38th time in program history, Texas Tech is going bowling as the Red Raiders secured bowl eligibility Friday night with their thrilling 27-23 come-from-behind victory over Texas in Austin. Two weeks ago, he praised Kingsbury for running his program the "right way" with athletes who represent the school with "class".

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After the game, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Kingsbury will return for a sixth season in 2018. Later in the quarter, TTU's Justus Parker intercepted Texas QB Sam Ehlinger on an ill-advised pass and returned it to the Texas 14.

With 3:20 remaining in the first quarter, the Red Raiders evened the score at 7-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run to close out a 7-play, 81-yard drive.

Ehlinger, Humphrey and sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele combined to complete passes to 13 different receivers, the sixth straight game in which 10-or-more Longhorns have caught a pass and the eighth time UT has accomplished the feat this season.

"We're aggressive enough and big enough to be able to hold some people back".

Texas safety DeShon Elliott is a finalist for the award given to the nation's top defensive back.

Texas lost in large part because it couldn't punch the ball into the end zone for touchdowns.

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