“Thunderstruck” may be the Chicago White Sox theme song, but it applied to both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines today. Two of the most storied national college football programs in history saw their home openers delayed by severe storms and dangerous lightning.
Notre Dame stadium was evacuated. The halftime show was cancelled. Fans were told they could go to buildings near the stadium to seek refuge. Some of them initially remained in their seats before they were chased out minutes later by a hard rain.
It is believed that nothing like this has never happened in ND history. The Irish were a 10 point favorite heading in, but trailed 16-0 at half time. Another serious storm system moved in and there was some concern that the game might not be completed, because it takes three quarters to constitute an official game)
In Ann Arbor, the game was suspended at halftime with Michigan leading Western Michigan 20-10. The last suspended game was in 2006 versus Central Michigan University.
Michigan and Western Michigan mutually agreed to end their game with 1:27 left in the third quarter; 87 seconds shy of an official game. Michigan will win, 34-10.
The kickoff weather in South Bend read like this: 93 degree air temperature, 45% humidity, 98 degree heat index. Also, the Wisconsin Badgers recorded the hottest home game in history Thursday night. Basically, the region has seen much hotter weather, and with it stronger storms than usual; inconvenient truths for the completion of midwestern college football games.
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