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Boston College bowl game delayed due to inclement weather for second straight season

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Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel (6) fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Cincinnati linebacker Bryan Wright (11) during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo/Butch Dill)
Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel fumbles during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl. (Photo/Butch Dill)

Inclement weather is apparently quite drawn to Boston College bowl games.

Last year, Boston College’s matchup against Boise State in the First Responder Bowl was canceled after multiple lightning delays.

This time around, the Eagles made it through 8:05 of play before its game against Cincinnati in the Birmingham Bowl was delayed due to weather.

By rule, games are suspended for 30 minutes when a lightning strike is detected within an eight-mile radius of the stadium. The delay lasted about 90 minutes before the game resumed just before 5 p.m. ET.

There wasn’t much action on the field before the delay. The game was scoreless with the Eagles and Bearcats combining for 21 yards of offense.

Boston College, 6-6 on the year, is playing the game with Richie Gunnell as its interim head coach following the firing of Steve Addazio. On the other side, Cincinnati is looking to finish with 11 wins for the second straight season.

Last year’s First Responder Bowl marked the first time an FBS bowl game has been canceled due to weather.

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