Heavy rain and lightning in the Ann Arbor area has led to the postponement of Michigan’s season opener with Western Michigan.
Michigan came out and completed its first drive of the second half, an uneventful three-and-out that was likely affected by the pouring rain. Before Western’s offense took the field for its first drive of the half, officials made the call to postpone the game for 30 minutes.
There is a severe weather system in the area and there was an active heat advisory in effect for Southeast Michigan. The ESPN/ABC crew reported that there was lightning within 20 miles of the stadium that caused the delay. This is the first time since 2006 that a game at Michigan Stadium has been delayed, when Michigan’s Sept. 9 contest with Central Michigan was postponed nearly an hour.
When the game resumes, Western Michigan will have the ball with a first-and-10 on its own 13 yard line. There will be 14:08 left in the third quarter