"It was the toughest conversation I've had in coaching", Kingsbury recalled of his talk with Shimonek. He got what he wanted when a salty female Texas fan cursed at him to put his phone down, but then smacked his phone out of his hand right after.
Texas Tech's season was slipping away and with it perhaps coach Kliff Kingsbury's job.
Linebacker Naashon Hughes is one of the few seniors still left from the team that played in a bowl game.
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. "We're not where we want to be, but we're not far off", Hocutt said.
-The Longhorns are 1-6 in their last senior tribute home finales.
Last year, the Red Raiders went 5-7, fueling speculation that Kingsbury was coming into the 2017 campaign on the hot seat. Kingsbury's Red Raiders (5-6, 2-6) need to beat the Longhorns tonight if they want to get to a bowl after missing the postseason a year ago. Kingsbury is 30-32 with three losing seasons in five years at the program where he once was a record-setting quarterback. Nineteen starters Friday were underclassmen. 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. 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 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. UT cornerback DeShon Elliott slipped as he tried to defend Batson.
Kingsbury admitted he questioned his own future before the game.
During an especially trying season with more downs than ups, this type of gesture stands out even more. "We were in every game". The running game continued to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage.
And because of Friday, Kingsbury will have at least one more year.