The Red Raiders will find out their postseason fate next week.
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.
On Saturday, athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced that Kingsbury will be back for the 2018 football season. The Red Raiders were in search of their 6th win and bowl eligibility. His first drive included a 51-yard completion and his short touchdown pass to T.J. Vasher cut it to 23-20.
The Red Raiders were trailing 23-13 in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Nic Shimonek, benched for the last game of the regular season, walked over to his coach.
The game victor, a 16-yard pass to Cameron Batson, came with 2:07 to play.
"Everybody in the entire locker room loves (Kingsbury)", Shimonek said.
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The former Texas Tech gunslinger started 8-5 during his first season of coaching at his alma honor, but has gone 16-21 since that season.
Later in the 3rd quarter, Reggie Hemphill Mapps muffed a punt to give Texas Tech great field position again.
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. Young added two more yards with a run through the middle, then Hemphill-Mapps ran for seven yards on a reverse to the Texas Tech 3-yard line. "We were in every game".
Junior cornerback Kris Boyd guided the defensive effort with an interception and a career-high five pass breakups, one shy of the UT single-game record, to go along with six tackles. "I did feel it was (the) defense and just playing aggressive in the game gets me going", Culver told reporters after Wednesday's win.
Texas lost in large part because it couldn't punch the ball into the end zone for touchdowns. Shimonek led the Red Raiders down the field and tossed a 13 yard touchdown pass to TJ Vasher.
Texas Tech lead the Big 12 in forced turnovers and got four in the second half with two fumble recoveries and the two big interceptions.