Severe weather played a role in a few games Saturday and even forced Nebraska and Akron to cancel their matchup.
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen thought sitting around and waiting actually benefitted his team in a 40-14 win over Tennessee. The Mountaineers had to wait out a prolonged halftime which lasted 65 minutes.
“When we got into the locker room and said we’re on a lightning delay, I said, ‘Good, then we’ve got more time to make adjustments,”‘ he told reporters. “Most of the time it’s hurry up and get things done, hurry up and get things done, we got to get back out there. We could take a deep breath. By no means am I promoting a longer halftime. We want our games to get over a little earlier than this, but I do think our coaches did a good job of making some adjustments.”
The numbers suggest the Mountaineers came out refreshed as well. Up by just six points headed into the half, West Virginia scored the first two touchdowns of the third quarter to extend their lead. Tennessee would score just seven more points the rest of the game.
“There is only so much you can do,” Holgorsen said. “Those things are usually only 12 minutes, 13 minutes so you can’t just sit there and talk to the players and coaches. You’ve got to let them kind of relax and get away from it a little bit as well. I was really happy with the way the coaching staff approached it.”