One of the oddest matchups in NCAA history, in which Florida State entered as a record 70-plus point favorite over Savannah State, ended on an equally odd note. After several rain delays, a shortened halftime and discussions about a second-half running clock, Saturday night's game was called with just under nine minutes remaining -- in the third quarter.
From SBNation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation:
ESPN announced on its television broadcast that the game was final with 8:59 left in the third quarter.
At that point, FSU led 55-0, and had a yardage edge of 413 to 28.
Media was not told that the game had been cancelled, but a source told Tomahawk Nation that as of 9:25, the players were already showered and dressed. At 9:25, the emergency personnel had pulled out and the band was leaving.
Florida State's stats from Saturday will count and Savannah State will earn its payout as the game did not end as a forfeit.
Tomahawk Nation says delay occurred because of the 'legalese' surrounding the calling of the game early. It worked out well for both sides -- FSU earns an official victory and backups earned valuable game reps, while Savannah State earned precious money and avoided further humiliation or injury.