After more than three hours, the refs have called it quits on trying to play the game between Idaho and the Gators.
The Swamp was just that, a swamp when they attempted to get the game started.
But when the teams got back on the field after a few hours of a delay, the Gators were able to get one heck of a kick return before another lightning strike in the area forced the refs to cancel the game.
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Gators head coach Will Muschamp released a statement after the game thanking fans for sticking through the rough weather.
“It’s unfortunate that the weather didn’t cooperate for tonight’s season opener. After long discussions with the head referee, it was determined that the field conditions were too dangerous for the student-athletes.”
“As everyone saw with that opening kickoff, I thought that our guys were ready and fired up to play. We appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us and sitting through several weather delays. It was amazing the energy and passion shown in the stands all night. The Gator Nation showed why they’re the best fans in the country, starting with one of the most enthusiastic Gator Walks that we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
The rescheduled game will start fresh, however, without that 74-yard kick return and a date to be determined.