football vs. Akron rain

A Husker fan cheers as the rain starts to pour during a weather delay at the Nebraska vs. Akron football game at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018, in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos released a statement regarding the cancellation Sunday. 

“Everyone associated with last night’s season opener is disappointed that the weather did not cooperate, and we were unable to play the game," Moos said in the statement. "We were dealing with a fluid situation, and at all times we were operating with public safety as our number one concern."

“During the delay, there were numerous scenarios discussed for contingency plans for playing the game, including a scenario to play the game on Sunday," he said." "Unfortunately, Akron faced some logistical challenges and the decision was made to cancel the game."


The wait continues for Nebraska fans excited to see Scott Frost’s debut as head coach.

The team’s season-opener against Akron was postponed late Saturday night due to continued thunderstorms in the area.

Following the opening kickoff of the game, officials spotted lightning in the area and quickly sent the players back into the locker rooms. Per NCAA rules, if lightning strikes within an eight-mile radius, officials must wait at least 30 minutes after the most recent strike to restart the game.

After two hours in a weather delay fans were asked to leave the stadium and enter the concourse or select buildings near the stadium.

The game was finally postponed after the delay stretched to about three hours in length.

FS1 initially reported that Nebraska and Akron would make up the game on Sunday at 10:30 a.m, but later pulled its own announcement. 

Nebraska's Athletics Department later confirmed via Twitter that the game has officially been cancelled.

Nebraska's last game to be cancelled was in 1943, due to travel complications related to World War II.