College Sports

BC’s bowl game was delayed by lightning … again

Just like last year, there was a long stoppage. This time, play resumed.

Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel fumbles the ball as he's tackled by Cincinnati linebacker Bryan Wright during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl. Butch Dill/AP Photo

A year after Boston College’s Cotton Bowl matchup with Boise State was canceled due to lightning, Thursday’s Birmingham Bowl clash with No. 21 Cincinnati was delayed for the same reason.

Last year’s game, which ended permanently with 5:08 left in the first quarter moments after an AJ Dillon touchdown, was called off after a delay of over an hour. This year’s version, which was paused at the 7:55 mark in a 0-0 tie, almost made it as long before a lengthy stoppage.

Shortly after the Birmingham Bowl shared the news on Twitter at 3:25 p.m. EST, the account shared at 3:43 p.m. that the game was in for “an extended delay,” and the goal was to resume play in “about an hour.” The action eventually started up again, at 4:55 p.m. – after a 1 hour, 32-minute hiatus – and Cincinnati won, 38-6.


The reactions that followed the delay featured a heavy dose of sarcasm, some cynicism, and lots of GIFs. Here are some of the most noteworthy:


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