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Texas-TCU game delayed by lightning

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm •  Published: October 26, 2013
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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.

While there was initially no order for fans to clear the stadium, most left their seats and sought cover. TCU officials opened the nearby basketball coliseum for fans to go in there.

At one point, there was a lone couple sitting in the second deck of seats, barely visible through the driving rain.

TCU announced a crowd of 48,212, the second-largest ever at Amon Carter Stadium. Texas played there for the first time since 1994.

Many TCU students remained in their seats behind the Texas bench through some of the rain. Security personnel eventually moved the students under the cover because of the frequent lightning.

It was raining when TCU coach Gary Patterson ran the length of the field from his locker room to the other end where the Texas team was to discuss options with Longhorns coach Mack Brown and the officials. On his way back to his locker room, Patterson saluted the soaked students who were then still in the stands and cheering while he ran down the field.