BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The deafening applause that greeted Michael Vick and Virginia Tech in their return to the football field was almost enough to drown out the huge claps of thunder being offered from above.
But with no answer for the lightning that followed, cracking the night sky at either end of the field and bringing with it sheets of rain Sunday night, Vick's much anticipated sophomore encore was put on hold.
"It's a shame. I think both teams put a lot of work into preseason practice and you were as close to teeing it off as possible," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said after the Black Coaches Association Classic against Georgia Tech was postponed following an hour of impressive natural fury.
"Electricity and water are two things you don't fool around with," Yellow Jackets coach George O'Leary said. "In the best interest of the players, I think we made the right decision."
The weather arrived just as the No. 11 Hokies were getting set to kick off to Georgia Tech. The thunder claps were almost drowned out by the cheering crowd of 56,276, but the lightning changes the stakes.
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