LINCOLN – Frost Advisory. Frost in the Forecast. Frost Warning.
The T-shirts were out in full force prior to Saturday night’s Scott Frost debut as Nebraska’s coach.
However, Frost was not the story. This much-anticipated season opener was dominated by lightning, thunder and rain.
The Nebraska-Akron game was canceled after a nearly three-hour weather delay.
After a touchback on Akron’s opening kickoff gave Nebraska the ball on its own 25-yard line, players left the field at 7:15 p.m. as lightning was within 8 miles of Memorial Stadium. That prompted a 30-minute delay.
The stoppage grew to 159 minutes as steady showers turned to heavy rain.
Suddenly, the lyrics to Garth Brooks’ hit “The Thunder Rolls,” among the many songs that played during the delay, took on a new meaning.
“The thunder rolls and the lighting strikes
Another love grows cold on a sleepless night.”
A second severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County forced a stadium evacuation at 9:08 p.m. Fans were told there will be at least an hour delay in the game.
The delay turned into a cancellation at 9:54 p.m. although the final official word didn’t come until 35 minutes later.