The first college football Saturday of the 2016 season began at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time, in Dublin, Ireland, as Georgia Tech outlasted Boston College in a 17-14 final.
It did not end until nearly a full 24 hours later.
A scheduled 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Wyoming and Northern Illinois was pushed back an hour and 50 minutes due to thunderstorms in the Laramie, Wyo., area. Then the game that seemingly would never start simply refused to end.
Northern Illinois pushed the game to overtime with a tying touchdown with 1:13 to play in regulation, and Wyoming missed a game-winning 48-yard field goal try at the buzzer.
The Huskies opened overtime by losing a fumble on their first possession, but again Wyoming missed a would-be game-winning field goal. Each team registered touchdowns in the second overtime, and Wyoming forced a missed field goal of their own at the top of the third extra frame.
Facing a third game-winning opportunity, the Cowboys delivered.
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) September 4, 2016
At roughly 4:30 Sunday morning in the East, a full 21 hours after it began, the first Saturday of college football was finally over.