Fans and players who traveled to Dallas from halfway across the country were left wondering. 25 Boise State vs. Boston College – What's Abruptly Done Due To Lightning.
Organizers Let The Teams Play For 10 Minutes Before Thunderstorms.
The Boston College Eagles were leading 7-0 when play ended, but the ruled "no contest."
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"You Can Imagine Being Loose When You Are Dealing With Competitors. They wanted to play the game, "Eagles head coach Steve Addazio told the Boston Herald.
"We are all deeply disappointed and I can not speak for the other team."
The outcome was so disappointing for Boise State fans, who wanted to send quarterback Brett Rypien and other Bronco seniors out with a win to secure a Top 25 finish.
It was known for several days that thunderstorms were expected in the
Playing anywhere but Cotton Bowl Stadium – an outdoor venue that could handle the 8,000 to 10,000 fans who showed up in the morning what not possible, organizers said.
Brant Ringler, executive director of the bowl game, told the Statesman he hoped the storm would not be the stage or force a letter delay in play.
"It was never the intention to move the game or anything like that, "he said.
The slogan for the bowl game's sponsor, ServPro – a provider of water cleanup services – could not have been more true: "Like it never even happened."
Boise head coach Bryan Harsin had to deliver
"It's a difficult conversation," Harsin said, according to the Boston Herald. 'Help me out, guys, because this is a new one.' "
Those who are looking for a good time are welcome next year's First Responder Bowl.
"SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, due to be canceled this year two additional tickets offered by order. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, "a First Responder Bowl tweet read.
"It sucks," Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien told the Statesman. "That's the only way you can put it. You fly all the way down and, unfortunately, the weather was not good enough. "
" It sucks. That's the only way you can put it.
"I feel bad for the seniors that did not get to play and finish the season , "Shawna Cleveland, mother of Boise State sophomore offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland, told the Statesman. Those seniors will not be. "
The bowl game was the first to be canceled because of weather, according to the NCAA.
Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond told the Herald. "You can not make this up, but first and foremost. "We all wanted to play with all the work and effort and 15 practices. In all of my years of college athletics, I've never seen this. "
" In all of my years of college athletics, I've never seen this. "
"The First Responder Bowl should be embarrassed for canceling the game due to lighting [sic]. I've made my youth football practice in lightning storms and wading through a pool while holding a metal pole to show loyalty, and they're doing fine. Championship rings repel lightning, "one Twitter user wrote.
" I feel like a first responder would have a better response plan, "another tweeted.