The Michigan-Western Michigan football game, the season opener for both teams, ended early after two lengthy weather delays.
Michigan was leading 20-10 early in the third quarter when the rain started and officials decided to delay play because lightning was spotted within six miles of the stadium. While some fans sought cover, other fans were staying in their seats.READ MORE: State Farm, Arbor Day Foundation Announce Tree-Planting Collaboration
Then late in the third quarter, the teams were again sent to the locker room because of lightning. After a more than one hour delay, the game was called and Michigan was declared the winner. The final score 34-10.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight for all of southeast Michigan.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 8,867 New COVID-19 Cases, 74 Deaths Tuesday
The Broncos scored on their first possession of the game, but U of M used a record breaking 94-yard interception return by Brandon Herron and two short touchdown runs from Fitzgerald Toussaint in the second quarter to take the lead. Herron returned a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter, giving Michigan a 17 point lead. A long run by Michael Shaw finished the scoring.
University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon praised his counterpart at Western Michigan for allowing the game to end.
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