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Shimonek rallies Texas Tech past Texas 27-23

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Tech's season was slipping away and with it perhaps coach Kliff Kingsbury's job.

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.

''I told him he was about to run out of time,'' Shimonek said. ''And then he put me in.''

Given his chance, Shimonek delivered for his team and for Kingsbury with two fourth quarter touchdown passes leading the Red Raiders to a 27-23 win over Texas Friday night. 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 last year.

After the game, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Kingsbury will return for a sixth season in 2018.

''Kliff has led this program the right way. We're not where we want to be, but we're not far off,'' Hocutt said.

Kingsbury admitted he questioned his own future before the game.

''At times it slips into (your mind) because you think about missing your players. That's the hardest part. You try to focus on what you can control and that's get your team ready,'' Kingsbury said. ''I want to be here.''

Shimonek, the starter all season, had been benched for McLane Carter, but came in with the Red Raiders trailing 23-13. His first drive included a 51-yard completion and his short touchdown pass to T.J. Vasher cut it to 23-20.

The game winner, a 16-yard pass to Cameron Batson, came with 2:07 to play. The touchdown was set up by a 52-yard interception return to the Texas 14 by Justus Parker.

''Everybody in the entire locker room loves (Kingsbury),'' Shimonek said. ''He's an unbelievable coach. We'd all go to war for him.''

Texas' final drive ended when Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw another interception at the Texas Tech 20 with 1 minute to play.

Ehlinger passed for 239 yards and a touchdown but the Texas offense slogged through most of the final three quarters. 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.

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 TAKEWAY

Texas Tech: Hocutt, who is also the chairman of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff, quickly answered the question about the future of his program with his commitment to Kingsbury for 2018. Kingsbury is 30-32 with three losing seasons in five years at the program where he once was a record-setting quarterback. Kingsbury's decision to start Carter was risky but he made the right move in the fourth quarter to go back to Shimonek.

''He told me we were gonna try something new. I had my opinions and thoughts about it,'' Shimonek said. ''I would have been happy so long as we won ... Hats off to him for trusting me.''

Texas: The loss will make for a bitter off period before the bowl game. The Longhorns missed the chance to earn a seventh win for the first time since 2013 and the chance to end the regular season on a three-game win streak. The offense continues to be the problem for the Longhorns, who have struggled to move the ball all season under coordinator Tim Beck.

''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.

SHORT FIELD FAILURES

Texas lost in large part because it couldn't punch the ball into the end zone for touchdowns. The drives that ended in short field goals both had first-and-goal inside the Red Raiders' 5 yard line. The running game continued to get pushed around at the line of scrimmage.

''We're playing hard and really physical,'' Herman said. ''We just don't play really well and really smart at times,''

BIG TURNOVERS

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. The Red Raiders didn't capitalize on the fumbles in the third quarter but they at least kept the Longhorns off the field. The interceptions were game changers.

''We put our defense in some really bad situations,'' Herman said. ''We just ran out of gas, ran out of momentum.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:47
96-C.Hatfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
23
Touchdown 1:47
16-N.Shimonek complete to 13-C.Batson. 13-C.Batson runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
14
yds
00:19
pos
26
23
Point After TD 11:29
96-C.Hatfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
23
Touchdown 11:29
16-N.Shimonek complete to 9-T. Vasher. 9-T. Vasher runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
02:54
pos
19
23
Field Goal 14:28
49-J.Rowland 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
68
yds
03:07
pos
13
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:11
96-C.Hatfield 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
66
yds
04:49
pos
13
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:13
49-J.Rowland 19 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
18
yds
00:35
pos
10
20
Point After TD 6:41
49-J.Rowland extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 6:41
32-D.Young runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
9
yds
00:06
pos
10
16
Field Goal 8:12
49-J.Rowland 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
37
yds
04:31
pos
10
10
Field Goal 14:54
96-C.Hatfield 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
74
yds
01:29
pos
10
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:20
96-C.Hatfield extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:20
6-M.Carter runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
81
yds
02:17
pos
6
7
Point After TD 13:29
49-J.Rowland extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:29
11-S.Ehlinger complete to 3-A.Foreman. 3-A.Foreman runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:31
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 18
Rushing 4 6
Passing 12 11
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 5-17 7-22
4th Down Conv 1-1 2-2
Total Net Yards 366 386
Total Plays 78 84
Avg Gain 4.7 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 62 116
Rush Attempts 34 33
Avg Rush Yards 1.8 3.5
Net Yards Passing 304 270
Comp. - Att. 20-44 29-51
Yards Per Pass 6.9 5.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-29 1-2
Penalties - Yards 8-51 5-37
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 9-44.4 9-50.9
Return Yards 87 101
Punts - Returns 1-8 2-6
Kickoffs - Returns 1-22 1-37
Int. - Returns 2-57 2-58
Kicking 5/6 5/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 2/3 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texas Tech 6-6 7331427
Texas 6-6 7130323
304 PASS YDS 270
62 RUSH YDS 116
366 TOTAL YDS 386
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Carter 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.2% 237 0 2 86.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 359 2 2 121.2
M. Carter 16/37 237 0 2
N. Shimonek 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 96 2 0 233.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.2% 3547 30 8 156.0
N. Shimonek 4/8 96 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Stockton 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
114 694 4
J. Stockton 7 45 0 22
D. Nisby 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
61 274 7
D. Nisby 5 16 0 6
T. King 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
121 588 4
T. King 3 13 0 8
N. Shimonek 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 -41 1
N. Shimonek 2 10 0 12
D. Felton 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 102 0
D. Felton 4 6 0 4
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
C. Batson 1 -4 0 -4
M. Carter 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 -20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 0 1
M. Carter 9 -20 1 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Coutee 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 168 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
82 1242 9
K. Coutee 9 168 0 52
T. Vasher 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 127 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 461 5
T. Vasher 5 127 1 51
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 464 5
C. Batson 1 16 1 16
D. Cantrell 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
67 790 6
D. Cantrell 2 12 0 9
J. Stockton 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 203 1
J. Stockton 2 10 0 6
Q. Shorts 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 103 2
Q. Shorts 0 0 0 0
J. High 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 58 0
J. High 0 0 0 0
D. Thompson 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 20 0
D. Thompson 0 0 0 0
A. Wesley 22 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 108 0
A. Wesley 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Allen 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-1 2 1.0
D. Allen 12-1 1.0 0
D. Fields 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
D. Fields 6-0 0.0 0
Ja. Johnson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
Ja. Johnson 6-1 0.0 0
O. Morgan 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
O. Morgan 5-1 0.0 0
J. Parker 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 4 0.0
J. Parker 5-0 0.0 1
V. Dorsey 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
V. Dorsey 4-1 0.0 0
T. Jones 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
T. Jones 4-0 0.0 0
K. Hill 13 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. Hill 4-1 0.0 0
M. Thomas 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
M. Thomas 4-1 0.0 0
J. Brooks 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 1 0.0
J. Brooks 3-5 0.0 0
D. Smith 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
D. Smith 2-0 0.0 0
D. Coleman III 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Coleman III 1-0 0.0 1
B. Washington 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Washington 1-1 0.0 0
Q. Yontz 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Q. Yontz 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Hatfield 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/8 18/18
C. Hatfield 2/3 34 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Panazzolo 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 44.4 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 42.0 0
D. Panazzolo 9 44.4 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Coutee 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 31.6 22 1
K. Coutee 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 4.7 8 0
C. Batson 1 8.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.3% 239 1 2 96.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.5% 1803 10 7 122.1
S. Ehlinger 26/47 239 1 2
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 27 0 0 326.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 27 0 0 108.9
L. Humphrey 1/1 27 0 0
S. Buechele 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 6 0 0 125.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.8% 1350 6 4 128.7
S. Buechele 2/2 6 0 0
J. Burt 1 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
J. Burt 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Young 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 55 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
69 325 3
D. Young 13 55 1 25
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 364 2
S. Ehlinger 10 35 0 14
T. Carter 30 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 252 3
T. Carter 3 10 0 4
K. Porter 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 231 4
K. Porter 4 9 0 4
R. Hemphill-Mapps 17 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 38 0
R. Hemphill-Mapps 1 7 0 7
J. Heard 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 58 2
J. Heard 1 2 0 2
S. Buechele 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 87 2
S. Buechele 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Foreman 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 78 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 261 4
A. Foreman 5 78 1 27
C. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 725 2
C. Johnson 4 30 0 10
S. Ehlinger 11 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 50 0
S. Ehlinger 1 27 0 27
De. Duvernay 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 124 0
De. Duvernay 2 23 0 14
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 431 1
L. Humphrey 2 22 0 21
J. Heard 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 150 1
J. Heard 5 20 0 16
C. Warren III 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 229 2
C. Warren III 1 19 0 19
K. Moore 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 20 1
K. Moore 1 16 0 16
R. Hemphill-Mapps 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 400 0
R. Hemphill-Mapps 2 14 0 9
D. Young 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 89 0
D. Young 1 12 0 12
L. Joe 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 240 1
L. Joe 2 10 0 6
J. Burt 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 170 0
J. Burt 1 2 0 2
K. Porter 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 1
K. Porter 2 -1 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Jefferson 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
M. Jefferson 9-0 0.0 0
D. Elliott 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 6 0.0
D. Elliott 6-0 0.0 0
G. Johnson 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
G. Johnson 6-1 0.0 0
K. Boyd 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 2 0.0
K. Boyd 5-1 0.0 1
D. Davis 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
D. Davis 3-0 0.0 1
A. Davis 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
A. Davis 3-0 0.0 0
J. Bonney 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Bonney 2-0 0.0 0
J. Hall 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Hall 2-0 0.0 0
P. Ford 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
P. Ford 2-1 1.0 0
C. Nelson 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
C. Nelson 2-1 1.0 0
M. Roach 32 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Roach 2-1 0.0 0
C. Omenihu 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Omenihu 1-1 0.0 0
G. Wilbon 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Wilbon 1-0 0.0 0
T. Graham 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Graham 1-0 1.0 0
B. Hager 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Hager 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Rowland 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
10/17 34/34
J. Rowland 3/3 40 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Dickson 13 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 50.9 7
SEASON NO AVG IN20
73 48.4 7
M. Dickson 9 50.9 7 67
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Humphrey 84 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 37.0 37 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 20.3 37 0
L. Humphrey 1 37.0 37 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Hemphill-Mapps 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 10.1 7 1
R. Hemphill-Mapps 2 3.0 7 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 TXTECH 12 2:23 6 20 Punt
9:28 TXTECH 12 1:39 4 14 Punt
5:37 TXTECH 19 2:17 7 81 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:57 TXTECH 12 1:29 7 74 FG
13:13 TXTECH 2 0:18 3 0 Punt
8:07 TXTECH 25 1:07 4 66 INT
6:41 TXTECH 25 2:19 5 8 Punt
1:37 TXTECH 8 0:41 4 72 INT
0:09 TXTECH 25 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TXTECH 25 4:49 11 59 FG
8:20 TXTECH 1 0:42 4 1 Punt
7:08 TXTECH 35 0:32 3 -12 Punt
5:28 TXTECH 20 2:08 6 51 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:23 TXTECH 25 2:54 7 75 TD
9:05 TXTECH 20 0:30 3 4 Punt
7:00 TXTECH 11 1:05 4 9 Punt
2:06 TEXAS 14 0:19 2 14 TD
0:55 TXTECH 20 0:29 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TEXAS 25 1:31 4 75 TD
10:51 TEXAS 25 1:13 3 3 Punt
7:40 TEXAS 26 1:50 4 3 Punt
3:20 TEXAS 25 1:14 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:40 TEXAS 37 1:13 3 7 Punt
12:43 TXTECH 40 4:31 13 37 FG
6:47 TXTECH 9 0:06 1 9 TD
4:14 TEXAS 27 2:30 9 36 Punt
0:48 TXTECH 20 0:35 4 18 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:06 TEXAS 25 1:38 7 40 Punt
7:30 TEXAS 43 0:14 2 20 Fumble
6:28 TEXAS 31 0:52 3 2 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:13 TEXAS 29 3:07 14 48 FG
11:29 TEXAS 24 2:15 4 7 Punt
8:27 TEXAS 35 1:19 3 6 Punt
5:47 TEXAS 29 3:28 7 57 INT
1:47 TEXAS 25 0:43 5 -5 INT