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Lightning delays Idaho-Florida game nearly 3 hours
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 8/30/2014  at  8:42:50 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Idaho-Florida game will start around 9:50 p.m. Eastern time after a nearly three-hour weather delay.

The season opener for both teams was scheduled to start at 7:02 p.m., but lightning strikes within an 8-mile radius of Florida Field delayed it repeatedly.

The first one happened at 6:28 p.m., prompting officials to send players to the locker room. Strikes continued around Gainesville for about two-and-a-half hours.

Players were summoned back to the field at 9:30 p.m., for a brief warmup before kickoff.

Coming of its worst season since 1979, Florida is hoping to end a seven-game losing against the seemingly overmatched Vandals. Idaho has four victories over the last three years, including consecutive one-win seasons, and had one of the worst defenses in the country in 2013.

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