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Football Weather Delays

This list is based on fan memories and some game recaps/notes. Please contact me if you know of any other games that were delayed by weather.

Season Date Opponent Result When Length
2023 10/28 A Kansas L 38-33 2nd Quarter 58 minutes
2019 10/5 A Kansas W 45-20 Pregame 30 minutes
2017 10/21 A Kansas State W 42-35 Pregame 30-35 minutes
2016 9/17 H #3 Ohio State L 45-24 Pregame 1 hour 30 minutes
2014 11/22 H Kansas W 44-7 Pregame 1 hour 30 minutes
2013 10/26 H #10 Texas Tech W 38-30 Pregame 1 hour 15 minutes
2011 10/22 H Texas Tech L 41-38 Pregame 1 hour 34 minutes
2008 8/30 H Chattanooga W 57-2 Halftime 1 hour 12 minutes
2002 9/14 H UTEP W 68-0 1st Quarter 51 minutes
1949 9/24 A Boston College W 46-0 Pregame 24 hours


  • The NCAA first published guidelines for lightning safety (no strikes within eight miles in previous 30 minutes) in 1997.
  • 2023 Kansas: OU was trailing 14-7 with 7:50 left in the 2nd quarter when play was suspended (OU led 21-17 at half). The 58 minutes came from the Kansas postgame notes that stated the game stopped at 12:04 PM and restarted at 1:02 PM.
  • 2011 Texas Tech: Reported as 1 hour 35 minutes in the game recap and 94 minutes in the game notes. According to a note in the Daily Oklahoman, this was the third weather delay since Bob Stoops' first season (1999).
  • 2008 Chattanooga: OU was leading 50-0 at halftime when play was suspended.
  • 2002 UTEP: OU was leading 14-0 late in the 1st quarter (less than 5:19 left) when play was suspended.
  • 2001 North Carolina: With 12:08 left in the third quarter, lightning and a loud clap of thunder stopped play for about five minutes while the officials discussed whether to pull the teams off the field or not. They decided to keep playing since the storm was moving away from the stadium even though there was a lightning strike two miles away.
  • 1949 Boston College: The game was scheduled to be played the night of Friday September 23. But heavy rain while yard stripes were being added to Braves Field turned it into a "mudhole" according to Bud Wilkinson, so they agreed to move the game to Saturday night. According to notes in the Daily Oklahoman and Boston Globe, the postponement is believed to be the first due to rain or mud for Oklahoma.