The Idaho Vandals' football season will not officially start for another week.
Idaho was set to begin the 2014 season Saturday at Florida, but a deluge of rain and consistent lightning forced the game to be canceled. The reason given was "unsafe conditions and unplayable field conditions." The game was canceled nearly four hours after kickoff was set for 5 p.m. MT. A press release from Idaho said more than 1,000 lightning strikes were reported in the area in addition to a flood warning.
The initial delay was 2 hours, 48 minutes before the weather cleared enough to take the field again. Exactly one play was completed — a 64-yard kickoff return by Florida's aptly-named Valdez Showers — before a lightning strike forced the teams off the sidelines again.
Speaking to ESPN after the cancellation, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said that there are two options — either the game can be rescheduled for another date, or it will not be replayed. He said the two schools would address that early next week. Both teams have an open date the weekend of Oct. 25. Idaho would prefer to see the game rescheduled, as Florida is set to pay the school $975,000 to visit.
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The Vandals' next game is Sept. 6 at Louisiana-Monroe, their first conference game as members of the Sun Belt Conference.