Weather can­cels No. 23 Boise’s First Re­spon­der Bowl vs. Bos­ton Col­lege

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY SCHUYLER DIXON

No. 23 Boise State’s first ap­pear­ance at his­toric Cot­ton Bowl Sta­dium turned into what is be­lieved to be the first bowl game called off be­cause of weather.

The SERVPRO First Re­spon­der Bowl be­tween the Bron­cos and Bos­ton Col­lege was can­celed be­cause of the threat of se­vere weather after a de­lay of nearly 1 1⁄ hours Wed­nes­day. 2

The game was stopped with BC lead­ing 7-0 with 5:08 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter. The de­lay came not long after AJ Dil­lon ran 19 yards for a touch­down .

“In my ca­reer, this is a first,” said BC coach Steve Ad­dazio, fin­ish­ing his sixth year in charge of the Ea­gles and 33rd year in the pro­fes­sion. “I don’t sec­ondguess any­thing about it. The de­ci­sion was made for the right rea­sons and that’s the wel­fare of both teams’ play­ers.”

NCAA spokesman J.D. Hamil­ton said via email that it was be­lieved to be the first bowl can­celed by weather. Hawaii’s planned se­cond post­sea­son game of 1941, against San Jose State, was can­celed be­cause of the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.

Be­fore the an­nounce­ment, fans had be­gun re­turn­ing to their seats after se­vere storms rolled through the area near down­town Dal­las. Light­ning strikes near the sta­dium con­tin­ued in­ter­mit­tently for three hours after the ini­tial de­lay, and

more storms were ex­pected.

As­so­ciate bowl di­rec­tor Brett Rin­gler said of­fi­cials met Tues­day to dis­cuss the weather re­port and how they would han­dle the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

“We fol­lowed all those pro­to­cols to­day and we fi­nally had to come to a de­ci­sion to can­cel the game based on weather that was forth­com­ing as well,” Rin­gler said.

The Bron­cos (10-3) were play­ing at the 86- year-old sta­dium for the first time, in their se­cond meet­ing with BC. The other was the Ea­gles’ 27-21 vic­tory with At­lanta Fal­cons quar­ter­back Matt Ryan on Boise’s blue turf in the 2005 MPC Com­put­ers Bowl.

Boise, which won 34-14 at Wyoming in Sep­tem­ber in hazy con­di­tions be­cause of a wild­fire, was try­ing for its se­cond straight 11-win sea­son after los­ing to Fresno State 19-16 in over­time in the Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game.

“Help me out guys, this is a new one,” Boise coach Bryan Harsin said. “We pre­pared for this in fall camp where we ran into the locker room.”

The Ea­gles ( 7-5) were go­ing for their first eight- win sea­son un­der Ad­dazio in their first ap­pear­ance at the Fair Park venue since Doug Flu­tie led a 45-28 vic­tory over Hous­ton in the 1985 Cot­ton Bowl. That bowl game has since moved to the home of the Dal­las Cowboys in Ar­ling­ton, half­way be­tween Dal­las and Fort Worth.

“We are all deeply dis­ap­pointed,” Ad­dazio said. “A lot went into this, a lot of work and a lot of prepa­ra­tion.

Tough de­ci­sions have to be made. And they have to be made in the big pic­ture of things.”

This was Boise’s se­cond bowl trip to Texas since join­ing FBS in 1996.

The Bron­cos beat TCU, 34-31, on the Horned Frogs’ home field at the Plain­sCap­i­tal Fort Worth Bowl in 2003.


Bos­ton Col­lege run­ning back AJ Dil­lon scores a touch­down ahead of Boise State cor­ner­back Tyler Hor­ton in the first half of the First Re­spon­der Bowl on Wed­nes­day in Dal­las.

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