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Gators season-opener vs. Idaho cancelled due to inclement weather



After multiple, lengthy delays, Florida's season-opener against Idaho was cancelled Saturday night after officials determined the field was unsafe to play on.

The game was delayed for two hours and 48 minutes due to lightning and heavy rain.

When the game finally began, Idaho won the toss and deferred to the Gators.

Florida receiver Valdez Showers returned a kickoff 64 yards on the opening play, then lightning in the area forced a delay again.

SEC rules dictate that if lighting is detected within 15 miles, game officials must be notified. If the lightning is within eight miles, the game must be suspended for 30 minutes.

At 10:38 p.m.., after nearly 45 minutes' delay, Florida athletic officials announced the game had been "terminated due to unsafe and unplayable conditions."

"It's unfortunate that the weather didn't cooperate for tonight's season opener,” coach Will Muschamp said. “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.”

[Last modified: Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:06pm]


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