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Sonny Cumbie Names Donovan Smith Texas Tech’s Starting QB

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Texas Tech

Sonny Cumbie left no question whether Donovan Smith would be Texas Tech’s starting quarterback when the Red Raiders face Oklahoma State on Saturday.

The Red Raiders, fresh off their 41-38 last-second win over Iowa State, will start Smith at quarterback against the Cowboys.

Cumbie confirmed that to the Texas Tech media on Sunday.


Smith took his first career start against Iowa State and had a quality game, completed 25-of-32 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, along with one interception. He was sacked just one time. He also gave Tech a threat on the ground, rushing for 65 yards.

Smith started for Henri Colombi, who missed the game due to an illness.

Smith threw all of his touchdown passes in the first half, helping Tech to a 28-7 lead on Iowa State. He then positioned the Red Raiders for their game-winning field goal to end the game.

Tech started the season with transfer Tyler Shough at quarterback, but Shough hurt his collarbone during the loss to Texas and hasn’t returned. Columbi took over and has played in seven games, but he ended up throwing as many touchdown passes (5) as interceptions.

Smith has played in eight games this season, but most of it was in specific packages or in mop-up duty. He threw his first passes of the season against Kansas, where he went 4-of-5 for 70 yards. Two games later, he went 17-of-22 for 192, one touchdown and one interception against Oklahoma. That game preceded his start against Iowa State.

Tech is now bowl-eligible and new head coach Joey McGuire continues to hit the recruiting trail while Cumbie finished out the season as the interim head coach.

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