MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A sullen Mike Hamrick stood in a makeshift media room inside Milan Puskar Stadium late Sunday night.
It was more than seven hours after the annual Friends of Coal Bowl between Marshall and West Virginia had kicked off under muggy, but dry, conditions.
An exasperated Hamrick, after the opening football game of his third year as Marshall's athletic director, tried to explain how it came to be that the Thundering Herd lost, 34-13, with 14:36 left on the clock.
"It's 10 minutes until 11," Hamrick said after peeking at the wristwatch that was hiding underneath his green pullover. "Our players last ate at 11:30 (a.m.) and it's a student-athlete welfare issue and that's always been important to me.
"There's just no reason to put these kids back out on this field. We agreed it. The game's over, the score stands."
The game began at 3:35 p.m. By the time West Virginia University and Marshall University officials came to an accord to ignore the time remaining in the non-conference contest, six hours and 49 minutes had passed.
The teams were only on the field for two hours and 35 minutes, however.
A pair of lightning delays had kept the teams in their respective locker rooms for four hours and 24 minutes.
The first delay lasted three hours and three minutes. A 65-minute delay followed.
MU, which plays host to Conference USA school Southern Mississippi on Saturday, finally relented down by three touchdowns.