The season opener will have to wait until Sept. 8.
Following weeks of preparation and putting the final touches on this fall’s version of the Oregon State football team, coach Mike Riley and his players have been sidelined by Mother Nature.
Thanks to Hurricane Isaac and its impact on Nicholls State this week, the football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.
“Control what you can, adapt to what you can’t. Wisconsin here we go,” OSU defensive end Dylan Wynn said through social media minutes after the university made an announcement of the postponement on Wednesday night.
Officials had earlier suggested that the game could be made up Sunday or Monday but that did not materialize.
The soonest the game can be made up is Dec. 1, if the Beavers are not in the Pac-12 Championship Game or the Colonels are not in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Both teams have bye weeks in the schedule, but they do not correspond. The only time that they might be able to meet would be Dec. 1.
“It became apparent as the day progressed that the safety of Nicholls State’s team and personnel was a primary concern,” OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis said in a press release. “Many of the Colonels’ student-athletes and staff are with family and there is a deepening concern about their safety in returning to campus. We will continue to discuss the possibility of rescheduling the game.”
Nicholls State players were scattered this week, heading home to be with family members in the face of the storm. The team had not practiced since Saturday.
The Nicholls State campus in Thibodaux, La., is closed because of Isaac, and classes scheduled for Friday have already been canceled.
The team was scheduled to take a charter flight to Eugene on Friday morning.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that we will not be able to make this trip,” Nicholls State athletic director Rob Bernardi said in a statement. “With the lingering effects of Hurricane Isaac, we do not want to put any of our student-athletes or staff in danger, so at this point, we feel like it is best to focus on the safety of everyone, and we’ll look into rescheduling the game at a later time.”
The Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes in Southern Louisiana were hit by heavy wind and rain on Wednesday, leaving some 60,000 homes and businesses in the area without power.
So now, the Beavers open the season on Sept. 8 at Reser Stadium against No. 12 Wisconsin and Heisman Trophy candidate Montee Ball. The Badgers open the season on Saturday at home against Northern Iowa.
It is the first postponed OSU football game since Sept. 15, 2001 when a home game with Montana State was cancelled due to 9/11 terrorists’ attacks in New York. OSU later scheduled a Nov. 17, 2001 contest at home vs. Northern Arizona.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report).