Longest Weather Delay In College Football History Halts Virginia Tech-Purdue

Purdue players watch on from the tunnel in Lane Stadium’s south end zone during Saturday’s weather delay with Virginia Tech. (Jon Fleming)

At five hours and 27 minutes, Virginia Tech and Purdue experienced the longest known weather delay in college football history on Saturday in Lane Stadium.

“The patience that our players had and our coaches had, it was a long day for everybody,” Tech head coach Brent Pry said after the 24-17 loss to the Boilermakers. “I want to thank everybody for doing that. I want to thank the fans that came back out and cheered us on.”

Persistent thunderstorms in the area didn’t relent, and it wasn’t until 4:30 p.m., almost three hours after the delay began, that a new kickoff time — 6:15 p.m. — was announced.

Mother Nature turned what started as a beautiful morning with blue skies into a gray one with scattered thunderstorms and torrential downpours. It ruined what many fans hoped would be a fun September Saturday in the New River Valley.