Football will return to Kinnick Stadium this evening. How many people will be there to watch it? Not many. But Iowa and Nevada resumed around midnight (CT) after two lengthy weather delays.
Play was halted for a second time at 10:07 p.m. — after lightning was spotted within eight miles of the stadium, which is the magic distance to warrant a stoppage of play. Played was previously stopped at 8:36 p.m. CT, after which an 80-minute delay followed. The Hawkeyes currently hold a 17-0 lead with 5:32 left in the third quarter
Saturday has been a needed offensive boost for the Hawkeyes, which had scored only 14 total points through their first two games. Freshman Kaleb Johnson got the scoring started with a 40-yard TD run late in the first quarter. Spencer Petras found Arland Bruce IV a few minutes later on a 21-yard scoring hookup to give Iowa a 14-0 lead. It was Petras’ first TD pass of the season.
New kicker Drew Stevens added a second-quarter field goal to push Iowa’s lead to three scores. Rain has been falling throughout the contest, but a delay wasn’t necessary until the lightning crept closer to Kinnick Stadium.
Stay tuned for updates.
When will Iowa’s game resume from the rain delay?
The second weather delay will end around midnight after play resumed at 10 p.m. CT, only to be halted again after about 10 minutes of real time. Overall, Iowa and Nevada spent most of a 3 1/2-hour stretch dela
Once a lightning strike has been observed within eight miles, a minimum of 30 minutes must pass without another strike for play to resume. Another 30 minutes gets added to the clock with every strike.
Iowa City weather forecast for the rest of Iowa football’s game against Nevada
There is “marginal risk of severe weather in Iowa City this evening,” according to Weather.com. There’s more than an 80% chance of rain from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by a bump up to 99% chance at 11 p.m.
That certainly proved accurate.
As for now, Weather.com says storms are likely to end “around 1:!5 a.m. and that “a few storms may be severe.” It’s really the lightning, though, that’s been most problematic.
Can you bring umbrellas inside Kinnick Stadium?
Umbrellas are on Kinnick Stadium’s prohibited list, according to the Iowa website.
If you’re braving the rain and watching the game in-person, we suggest wearing a poncho.
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Dargan Southard is a sports trending reporter and covers Iowa athletics for the Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.