By Andy Andersen
Brady Hoke’s debut as the Head Football Coach of the Michigan Wolverines was twice interrupted by thunderstorms and heavy rains. There were also some uncooperative Western Michigan Broncos when the game was on, at least in the first half.
During the second lightening delay, the threat of strong winds, hail, much lightening, and cloudbursts, extended the game delay until 7:30 PM. Before that, the game was cancelled at 1:27 of the third quarter, at 7:10PM. How about 137 degrees F on the field at the start of the game?
A football game had never been cancelled previously in Wolverine history. It was unbearably hot on the field, and stands, for most of the game, until the rains came. The score at the time of cancellation was 34 to 10, and became the final. There is no question that cancelation was the appropriate thing to do, for team and fans.
The Broncos were a tough nut to crack in the first half. They led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. It seemed that maybe Michigan’s defense was as inept as last year’s defense. In the end that did not prove to be true.