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Throwback Tulsa: Lightning delays OSU-Tulsa football kickoff past midnight in 2011

Throwback Tulsa: Lightning delays OSU-Tulsa football kickoff past midnight in 2011

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Every lightning strike drew miserable groans on that rainy evening, Sept. 17, 2011.

The game between Oklahoma State and Tulsa was already going to have a later-than-usual 9:10 p.m. kickoff.

Fans who spent $95 a ticket — then the highest TU football price in history — evacuated H.A. Chapman Stadium for the safety of their vehicles or the nearby Reynolds Center.

The rain would calm, then, suddenly, another bolt of lightning would force another 30-minute delay.

As the clock neared 11, administrators started heading toward tough decisions. How long could everyone wait? Could a postponed game be rescheduled?

As the teams get reacquainted this Saturday, let’s look back at the 2011 game that isn’t memorable for the outcome (a 59-33 victory by OSU) but for when it started (12:16 a.m.) and when it ended (3:35.)

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