Instead, the game was able to resume shortly before 4:40 p.m.
While the fourth-year Penn State coach was walking into Spartan Stadium with his team ahead of their game against Michigan State - which started at noon and has since been delayed for hours since the second quarter because of weather - a crowd of people greeted them.
Trace McSorley and the Nittany Lions answered with a 7 play 92 yard drive ending with a 31 yard catch and run by DaeSean Hamilton to give Penn State a 7-0 lead. But at around 1:15 p.m., the officials chose to call for a weather delay due to lightning in the area.
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Per Murphy, the stadium was evacuated, and fans were asked to wait inside campus buildings during the delay.
Odds: Penn State opened as 12-point favorites. Penn State players made use of the post-game media room to try to stretch out and stay loose during the extended break. With the Nittany Lions' loss to the Buckeyes and the Spartans coming up short against Northwestern, Ohio State has taken hold of the No. 1 spot.
When officials met at 3 p.m., radar showed a storm centered around South Bend, Indiana intensifying and on a path toward East Lansing, Ianni said. Other workers around the stadium huddled during the long break in bathrooms and the Lost & Found area, which are both heated.