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Lightning forces cancellation of First Responder Bowl in first quarter

Lightning forces cancellation of First Responder Bowl in first quarter

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In an unusual turn of events, the First Responder Bowl has been ruled a no contest after lightning forced the game between Boston College and Boise State to be canceled. 

Boston College led 7-0 on a touchdown run by A.J. Dillon when officials stopped play and cleared the field with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. 

After a delay of about 90 minutes, thunderstorms were still expected to remain in the Dallas area for several more hours, so officials decided not to resume play.

It’s the first known cancellation of a bowl game that was started before weather stopped the action.

While the developments certainly disappointed the fans and players of the two teams, at least the First Responder Bowl’s Twitter account had some fun while waiting out the delay.

Another strike, unfortunately it means the clock resets on the delay…

Thanks to @BroncoSportsFB for the clip! pic.twitter.com/sINQRFcfBV

— First Responder Bowl (@FRBowl) December 26, 2018

Lightning is an electrical discharge caused by imbalances between storm clouds and the ground, or within the clouds themselves.

— First Responder Bowl (@FRBowl) December 26, 2018

When complaints about the delay began to mount, @FRBowl noted how it had no control over the weather: “I can’t even control the remote at the house as long as Hallmark Christmas movies are on.”

The amount of people who think I control the weather is impressive. I can’t even control the remote at the house as long as Hallmark Christmas movies are on.

— First Responder Bowl (@FRBowl) December 26, 2018

There was even a little bowl-on-bowl crime, courtesy of the Belk Bowl.

It’s not my fault.

— First Responder Bowl (@FRBowl) December 26, 2018

In the end, the no contest ruling won’t affect either team’s record.

Boston College finishes the season at 7-5, while Boise State ends up 10-3.

And Dillon’s touchdown? Never happened.

Follow Gardner on Twitter @SteveAGardner

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