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Boise State Broncos: First Responder Bowl canceled due to inclement weather

Lightning won on Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of the First Responder Bowl between the Boise State Broncos and Boston College Eagles.

In an unreal decision brought on by circumstances created by Mother Nature, the Boise State Broncos bowl game against the Boston College Eagles was canceled on Wednesday.

Inclement weather — lightning striking within eight miles of the stadium — first caused a delay with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. Boston College led 7-0 at the time and had just punted the ball to Boise State.

This was to be the Broncos third series of the game, after punting the first two times (and taking a sack on each drive). The highlights of the game to this point for Boise State were a couple of completions going to CT Thomas (for 27 and 10 yards).

After a delay of almost 90 minutes, officials decided to cancel the remainder of the game. And to make matters worse, the game will not be rescheduled.

Football games have been canceled due to weather in the regular season before. This is the first time, however, I recall a bowl game not being completed. (After a bit of research, the folks at SB Nation had the question answered. Plus they had some fun stuff from the always affable Curtis Weaver.)

Obviously safety of players, fans, et al is the number one priority. And with it being reported more lightning was on its way, one can see why the game was canceled. Still, it’s such an abrupt end to the season. For players and fans of these two teams, the season doesn’t seem quite complete.

Final chance for Rypien, seniors

The 2018 First Responder Bowl was to be the final chance in Boise State blue (or orange, today) for many. Players like Brett Rypien, Tyler Horton, Jabril Frazier, Sean Modster, AJ Richardson, and 11 others played their last college snaps. And perhaps junior running back Alexander Mattison also saw his last game action for the Broncos.

This was a chance for Boise State to defeat a Power 5 team in a bowl game for the second consecutive season. Despite a three-game losing streak, Boston College (7-5) had a strong season. They also had players of All-America caliber in running back AJ Dillon (1108 yards), cornerback Hamp Cheevers (7 interceptions), and defensive end Zach Allen (though Allen did not suit up for the bowl game).

Finality for the 2018 season will now be seen through the Mountain West championship game loss nearly three weeks ago. A little redemption might have been attained with a win today. The ultimate goal of a Mountain West championship was not accomplished, but a ten-win season still has its merits.

Thank you all in the Boise State Broncos football program for another fun season. To the seniors and players moving on from Boise State after this 2018 season, best of luck to you. And to those returning to the blue? We look forward to a successful season in 2019.


About Jason Haskins

Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more:

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