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SDSU-Iowa State football game canceled due to lightning

Jack Trice Stadium is pictured during a weather delay during Iowa State's game with South Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. (Reese Strickland / USA TODAY Sports)1 / 2
Iowa State running back David Montgomery (32) is tackled by South Dakota State linebacker Dalton Cox (53) during the first quarter at Jack Trice Stadium Sept. 1, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. (Reese Strickland / USA TODAY Sports)2 / 2

The South Dakota State University football season wasn’t even 5 minutes old on Saturday night before the debut game came to an end.

The Jackrabbits’ season opener game at Iowa State was canceled on Saturday night after a 2 ½-hour delay caused by lightning.

The Cyclones announced just before 10 p.m. local time that the game had been called off after the teams were able to get less than five minutes of play in. Iowa State said there were no immediate plans to reschedule the game.

Deshaunte Jones caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to give Iowa State a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Play was halted before the ensuing kickoff at the 10:55 mark of the first quarter. The two squads remained in their respective locker rooms for more than two hours before the decision to cancel the game was reached.

The entire area was dealing with bad weather — the Akron vs. Nebraska game in Lincoln, Nebraska, 225 miles away was also called off by poor conditions, as well.

SDSU was due $425,000 for playing the Cyclones in the game between FBS and FCS opponents. The Jackrabbits will now turn their attention to their home opener Sept. 8 against Montana State.

The cancellation is the first of a Jackrabbit football game since Nov. 2, 1991, when the historic Halloween Blizzard paralyzed the Upper Midwest and prevented SDSU from playing its scheduled game against St. Cloud State.

It's the first cancellation for the Cyclones since 1963, when their game at Drake was called off because of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.