FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas Longhorns had to deal with another long weather delay on the road.
Texas' game at TCU on Saturday night had already been delayed more than two hours when there was more lightning in the area about 10 p.m. local time. TCU officials said it would be at least another 45 minutes to an hour, at the earliest, before the game resumed.
Referee Scott Novak stopped the game with 6:08 left in the first half, announcing that both teams were being sent to the locker room for the safety of the players. He referred to flashing warning lights nearby that indicate lighting was in the area.
The Longhorns were delayed one hour, 47 minutes before their game at BYU started Sept. 7. Texas, which lost 40-21 to BYU, led TCU 17-7.
TCU officials said that when play resumed, the remainder of the second quarter would be played before a shortened halftime. There will be only a five-minute break, with the teams remaining on the field, before the second half begins.
There is no curfew in the Big 12, meaning the game could be played as late as necessary into the night — or early morning.
There were severe storms in the area. Rain started to fall and the first visible flashes of lightning came several minutes after the players went inside. There was a bolt of lightning that went straight down behind one side of the stands, and several more when the storm moved over the stadium.