The Indiana Hoosiers spent a good part of Saturday afternoon like every other college football fan _ channel surfing for the best games on TV.
It was a first for fifth-year senior Richard Lagow. And it was certainly unscheduled.
For nearly two hours, the Hoosiers (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten) waited out a lighting delay at Memrorial Stadium, comfortably ahead 34-0 late in the third quarter and unsure whether the game would resume.
So they did the next best thing.
"Miami-Virginia was on, so we all pretty much tuned into that one," quarterback Richard Lagow said. "It was kind of a nail-biter. Thought Virginia was going to get them. But there were a couple of others on, I think Michigan-Wisconsin."
The pregame forecast called for high winds and rain throughout the game, and when it arrived early in the third quarter, it came with a vengeance.
Heavy downpours doused the field. Then, with 2:31 left in the third quarter, the referees spotted lightning near Memorial Stadium and sent both teams to their locker rooms. The small crowd was instructed to find shelter, too.
Many walked to their cars and headed home.
But with the outcome of the game already locked up, the Hoosiers kicked back and waited.
"It was strange, just kind of sitting around, not really knowing when we were going to go back out," Lagow sad. "Guys were taking their pads off, kind of watching TV. So it was definitely a first-time experience for me."
And when the game did resume, 1 hour, 47 minutes later, it was odd, too.
"It was kind of weird just to come back out," tight end Ian Thomas said. "And it was even colder when we came back out."