The Broncos traveled to Dallas, Texas on Dec. 26 to take on Boston College in the Servepro First Responder Bowl, their final game of the 2018 season. But, they would only play for 9 minutes and 52 seconds.
The Boston College Eagles struck first with a 19-yard touchdown rush. Soon after that, lightning would strike, cancelling the game at 2:20 p.m. Central Time. The game will not be made up.
The game was ruled a “no contest.” The question of who made the call has not been answered and may never be made public. The cancellation of the bowl game means that a lot of money could potentially be lost from everyone involved, including all of the fans who paid to be there and reporters who traveled to Dallas.
“There were a lot of people involved in it, both schools athletic directors, coaches, facilities, both teams, ESPN and both conferences were here,” said Boise State’s athletic director Curt Apsey.
Unfortunately for quarterback Brett Rypien and the 16 other Bronco seniors, their time at Boise State will conclude with a cancelled game.
As of now, there are not many answers to what is going to happen, likely because sponsored bowl games rarely end with a fate like this. There are no FBS bowl games on record that have ended in a cancellation. Even though the Broncos barely got to compete, this is their 17th season earning a spot in a bowl game.
The Broncos finish the season with a record of 10-3. With a win, the Broncos could have secured their second straight 11-win season.