EAST LANSING, Mich. – The college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon was delayed by lightning midway through the second quarter.
At 1:15 p.m., with Penn State leading 14-7 and 7:58 showing on the clock in the first half, game officials pulled both teams off the field for a weather delay due to lightning nearby.
All the 70,000+ fans also were ordered to exit the stadium.
The projected time of resumption originally was announced as 4 p.m., later was updated to 5:30 p.m. and then was rolled back to 4:38 p.m.
The contest eventually resumed at 4:38 p.m., for a delay of 3 hours and 23 minutes.
Seventh-rated Penn State entered the game as a 9-point favorite after its first loss of the season, 39-38 at Ohio State a week ago.
MSU also was coming off a heart-breaking 39-31 three-overtime setback at Northwestern.