Steve Cannon/Associated Press
2012's Florida State-Savannah State game was one of the biggest mismatches in recent memory.
Rule 3-2-2-a states that “at any time during the game, the playing time of any remaining period, periods or the intermission between halves may be shortened by mutual agreement of the opposing head coaches and the referee.”
What makes it obscure
Coaches love to talk about “giving 100 percent from the opening whistle to the final gun.” The idea of surrender of any sort is utter anathema. But there are rules in place to manage the biggest of blowouts. In 2012, Florida State was a 69.5-point favorite over Savannah State, and the only reason the Seminoles didn’t cover was because the game was shortened.
Following a pair of lightning delays, the game was called with 8:56 minutes left in the third quarter, with FSU taking a 55-0 win over its FCS foe. Halfway through the second quarter, with FSU up 48-0, a 45-minute lightning delay occurred. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and his Savannah State counterpart agreed to run the clocks for the rest of the game and to shorten the halftime period.
The game never even got that far, as a second lightning delay called the game with less than nine minutes left in the third quarter.