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The First Responder Bowl between Boston College and Boise State was canceled due to weather and was designated a no contest after multiple lighting delays Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

The First Responder Bowl (formerly the Heart of Dallas Bowl, where Utah defeated West Virginia 30-14 last year), played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas took an unexpected turn for the worst on Wednesday.

With 5:08 remaining in the first quarter of the game between Boise State and Boston College, lightning struck, causing a delay. Lightning kept striking near the Cotton Bowl, which continued to extended the delays until the bowl was eventually cancelled altogether, with the NCAA ruling it a "no contest."

Both Boise State and Boston College are trying to rectify the situation for fans that travelled to Dallas for the game. Boston College announced that it would refund fans and offered them free tickets to any one Boston College athletic event through December 2019. Boise State will also refund fans and will try to do "something special" for the fans who were in Texas.

The First Responder Bowl will also offer refunds.

The person behind the First Responder Bowl Twitter account found some humor in a bad situation.

Cal, TCU throw 9 interceptions in crazy Cheez-It Bowl

If you are a fan of defenses, you likely enjoyed the Cheez-It Bowl between TCU and Cal on Wednesday. If you enjoy watching two high-powered offenses go at it, however, you were out of luck in the 10-7 TCU win.

Cal and TCU combined to throw nine interceptions in a dreadful offensive performance.

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Cal quarterback Chase Garbers finished 12/19 for 19 yards, 3 interceptions and a QB rating of 11.1, while Cal's other quarterback, Chase Forrest finished 5/14 with two interceptions and a QB rating of 6.1. TCU quarterback Grayson Muehlstein was 7/20 with four interceptions and a QB rating of 1.7.

The game ended in overtime after a TCU pick was followed by a field goal to give the Horned Frogs the victory. #CheezITBowl was a trending topic on Twitter.

The game also featured a trick play that failed spectacularly.

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And finally...

Utah football arrived in San Diego ahead of the Holiday Bowl.