LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Memorial Stadium has been evacuated because of a severe thunderstorm two hours after the Akron-Nebraska game went into a lightning delay on Saturday night.

Bad weather has caused delays across the country on the first major day of the college football season. There were delays for games at Ohio State, Maryland, the Air Force Academy in Colorado and the West Virginia-Tennessee game played in Charlotte, North Carolina. North Carolina A&T and East Carolina's season-opening game in Greenville, South Carolina, was postponed until Sunday

The Nebraska game went into a delay right after the opening kickoff went into the end zone for a Nebraska touchback. A Nebraska athletics official ran onto the field to notify officials of lightning within an eight-mile radius of Memorial Stadium. Lightning in the area requires at least a half-hour delay.

Storm clouds that built south of the stadium in the hours before the game did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for one of the most anticipated Nebraska openers in memory. The stadium was full more than a half-hour before kickoff, with many fans showing up in T-shirts celebrating the arrival of Scott Frost as coach.


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