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Marshall Thundering Herd Vs. West Virginia Mountaineers: Lightning Delays Friends of Coal Bowl As 'Eers Lead 27-13

The Dana Holgorsen era got off to a truncated start Sunday afternoon as violent thunder and lightning storms delayed the "Friends of Coal Bowl" in Morgantown.

West Virginia speed-burner Tavon Austin returned a Marshall kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown to give the Mountaineers a 27-13 lead when the stadium was evacuated due to a local lightning storm. While the game is expected to be resumed, it is unknown when it will be completed.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has thrown for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers hold a two-touchdown lead on in-state rivals the Marshall Thundering Herd.

With 20 minutes of football still left to play, the Mountaineers are in control, but anything can still happen. Holgorsen’s vaunted throw-first offense has provided a few Mountaineer highlights, like a 15-yard Stedman Bailey touchdown, but the contest has yet to be decided.

As of 7:00 PM, the game is not expected to be resumed for at least an hour.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.