Texas Tech Football: Top 10 Red Raiders quarterbacks of all time

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No. 10 Sonny Cumbie

A true overachiever from Snyder, TX, Sonny Cumbie made the most of his lone year as Texas Tech’s starting quarterback. Going into the 2004 offseason, nearly everyone expected 5-star junior college recruit Robert Johnson to win the starting quarterback job.

But Cumbie earned the opportunity to start and produced a season that ranks among the best in school history.

His 4,742 passing yards in 2004 still stand as the fifth best single-season total in school history.

The former walk-on turned starter saved his best performance for his final game. In the 2004 Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech faced the No. 4 ranked Cal Golden Bears featuring future NFL stars Aaron Rogers at quarterback and running back Marshawn Lynch.

In the Red Raider’s 45-31 victory, Cumbie set a career high with 520 yards passing, the 8th best single game total in school history. For his performance, Cumbie was named Holiday Bowl MVP.

The underdog quarterback that had to fight for every opportunity he received in college football became the third consecutive Texas Tech quarterback to lead the country in passing and engineered one of the biggest Bowl victories in program history thus cementing his place as one of Texas Tech’s 10 best quarterbacks.

Next: No. 9 Zebbie Lethridge