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BCA Classic Delayed By Lightning

August 28, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Michael Vick’s sophomore debut was delayed Sunday night when lightning and heavy rainstorms rolled into the area just as the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game was set to kick off.

With the Hokies lined up to kick off to the Yellow Jackets and start the Black Coaches Association Classic, thunder rumbled in and lightning bolts lit up the sky around Lane Stadium with a packed crowd of 55,000 cheering.

When the officials waved the players off the field at 8:08 p.m., everyone on the field dashed off and headed back through the tunnels leading to the locker rooms.

More than half the crowd eventually headed for cover once the heavy rain and hail began falling as the thunder and lightning continued near the stadium.

Heavy storms and hail were expected to last at least through 8:45 p.m., according to the Virginia Tech sports information office.

Dave Smith, Virginia Tech’s sports information director, has been with the school for 26 years and said he couldn’t recall a home game being delayed by lightning.

The last I-A game delayed by lightning was BYU at New Mexico on Oct. 17, 1999. The game was delayed at the start of the second half for 43 minutes.

There was no official word when the BCA Classic would begin.

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