McFeely: Last year’s Eastern Washington game was ridiculously long
CHENEY, Wash. — Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of last year’s North Dakota State-Eastern Washington football game.
Relax, Bison fans. I’m not referring to the outcome. The Bison beat the Eagles 50-44 in overtime in a highly entertaining game
I’m talking about the length of the game. It was the longest for NDSU since the school began consistently recording the length of games.
It took NDSU and Eastern Washington 4 hours and 6 minutes to finish last year’s game, which included the following atrocities:
- 49 first downs
- 94 points
- 1,093 total yards
- 22 penalties
- 9 official reviews
It wasn’t a football game, it was a sundial. It followed NDSU’s first game of the 2016 season against Charleston Southern, which lasted a crisp 3:39. That game went overtime, too. You can’t blame OT for the length of the Eastern Washington game — the overtime session was only three total plays.
And while those two games were an anomaly for the rest of the season, they weren’t completely off the rails in the college football world. The length of games has been climbing steadily for years and that includes NDSU.
“Ridiculous,” Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. “We gotta do something.”