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First Responder Bowl loses to lightning

According to the NCAA, the First Responder Bowl was the first FBS bowl in history to be cancelled.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2018 11:53 PM

UNDATED (AP) - Lightning struck early and literally in today's first football bowl game. The lightning strike in the 1st quarter of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas wiped out the game with Boston College leading No. 23 Boise State 7-0.

Officials were watching the weather in hopes of resuming the game but decided to cancel.

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

Before the announcement, fans began returning to their seats after a line of severe storms rolled through the area near downtown Dallas. More storms were expected later in the day.

Boise (10-3) 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. The Eagles (7-5) were going for the first eight-win season in six years under coach Steve Addazio.

In other college football bowl news:

- Brandon Wimbush is practicing with Notre Dame to be the No. 2 quarterback for the third-ranked Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl amid questions about his future with the team after the College Football Playoff. Several media reports say Wimbush has notified Notre Dame that he intends to transfer. The senior already has a degree and could transfer to another school and play immediately as a graduate transfer.

- No.. 2 Clemson is preparing to play without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence when it faces No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Lawrence and two teammates failed an NCAA test for performance-enhancing drugs.

- Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has missed his scheduled media availability at the Orange Bowl on Wednesday because of what the team says is an illness. Murray was able to go through practice with the Sooners on Tuesday, and the nature of his illness was not disclosed. However, there doesn't seem to be much concern about him missing time.

- Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty has become the Wolverines' fourth draft-eligible player to pull out of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Florida. Bushell-Beatty, a fifth-year senior, didn't travel with the team to Atlanta. The eighth-ranked Wolverines also will be without running back Karan Higdon, defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr.

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