By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Bowl games happen all across the country. There are always a chance that the game could be impacted by weather.
Yet, on Wednesday afternoon, the 2018 edition of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was canceled. The game was impacted by lighting delays.
“In the interest of safety for our teams and fans, the 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was unable to be continued,” Brant Ringler, the bowl’s executive director said. “The decision was made after lengthy consultation with emergency personnel, both universities, ESPN and Cotton Bowl Stadium staff.”
The first lighting delay came at approximately 2 pm EST. An hour and 20-minutes later, the Bowl officials made the tough decision to cancel the game.
The game was played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. This was the first game following a few days of Christmas break.
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“After more than an hour since stoppage of play, and with review of the active lightning and thunderstorm cells still in the area of the Cotton Bowl, it was determined that the game should be called,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of ESPN Events and programming. “All parties were concerned about player safety first and foremost, and with that being the primary concern, as well as the fans in attendance, it was a unanimous decision to cancel the game.”
The Eagles were leading 7-0 when the first delay happened. No stats will be counted in this contest.
The Broncos will end their season with a 10-3 record. The Eagles season will end with a 7-5 mark.
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