Wild Cy-Hawk weather: Delays, hail, evacuations, rainbows, students rushing the fields ... and a restart time
AMES, Ia. — The most anticipated Cy-Hawk football game in a generation resumed at 6:51 p.m.., after a pair of lengthy lightning and weather delays.
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With 13:24 remaining until halftime, referees announced the game would be delayed, again due to lightning in the area around 4:30 p.m. Iowa State led Iowa 7-3 at the time, thanks to Deshaunte Jones' 51-yard touchdown pass to La'Michael Pettway on a trick play in the first quarter.
The game was also delayed midway through the first quarter for 49 minutes because of lightning in the area.
The Hawkeyes kicked a field goal after Nate Stanley led a methodical, 15-play drive that ate up 7 minutes, 23 seconds on their first possession.
At 5:18 p.m., it was announced that large hail was heading toward Jack Trice Stadium. Around 5:40 p.m., a torrential downpour sent nearly everyone except a chunk of the student section seeking cover in the stadium. Thunder could be heard in the distance every several minutes.
At 5:49 p.m. and 5:50 p.m., back-to-back lightning strikes were visible from the Jack Trice press box. That meant, at the earliest, this game could not resume until 6:20 p.m.
Soon after those lightning strikes, some students remaining in the student section streamed onto the field. Security quickly acted to get the students back into the stands.
As of 6:10 p.m., Ames should be mostly clear of precipitation, with a stray shower still possible, according to a spokesperson with the National Weather Service. No additional storm cells are currently projected to materialize in the area.
At around 4 p.m., wind speeds near Jack Trice Stadium reached 30 mph. Only a quarter-inch of rain was initially reported; however, it had been hailing on and off until about 6 p.m., according to the weather service.
Oh, and there were rainbows.
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When play resumes, the Cyclones will have the ball on their 20-yard line after Iowa's punt landed in the end zone for a touchback.
According to NCAA rules, an 8-mile radius surrounding the football stadium must go 30 minutes without a lightning strike before play can resume. In other words: If lightning strikes within 8 miles of Jack Trice, the game's delay clock will be reset to 30 minutes.
Per the Iowa radio broadcast, if the game is not resumed, coaches and athletic directors have two choices if the game isn't resumed: One, they could resume the game at a later date (and both teams have a Nov. 2 bye), or two, they could declare no contest, like what happened with Iowa State's canceled season-opener last year against South Dakota State.
Both teams agreed to a 15-minute warmup period before returning to action for the first delay. We'll see what happens for this second delay.
For more on the leadup to Saturday's game, check out a comprehensive recap of Saturday's "College GameDay" coverage.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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